Katie Brown is one impressive young person.
She is this month’s Oklahoma Gymnast of the
As most people know, it’s not uncommon for a high level
gymnast to spend 22 hours a week working in the gym. Now in her fourth year as a Level 10
competitor, she still finds time to be President of the National Honor Society
and is, academically, at the top of her senior class at Norman North High
School (NNHS). During her high school career, Katie has mentored
younger students and volunteered with numerous organizations in the
community. She served in various
capacities with student government at NNHS, the DECA Club, the Norman Chamber
of Commerce Youth Leadership Team, and the United Way’s 4-Real Leadership and
Volunteerism program. The list of her
accomplishments is rather impressive, but like many successful gymnasts, she
would probably say it’s all in a typical day’s work.
Her talents and efforts have made a positive difference in many lives.
Oh, and by the way, did we mention that she’s been traveling
around the country enjoying a bit of success at regional and national
meets? Visit http://www.gym-style.com/katie/news.htm
to see photos, video, and an impressive list of Katie’s athletic awards. (Parents of gymnasts: Might want to check out her site to get ideas
on good ways to help your young gymnast, if she wants to continue the sport
At the end of the season, she’ll be moving on from Bart
Conner Gymnastics Academy to new adventures up in Logan, Utah, where Katie will
be joining other scholar-athletes at Utah State University. As Katie said,
"I am so
incredibly blessed to receive a full gymnastics scholarship to a
D1 school that has both great athletics and impeccable academics – not to
mention incredible people (my future team) that I fell in love with
immediately. It was like family, just like the wonderful gym family I
have been blessed with at BCGA for the past 15 years! I couldn't ask for
more! Gymnastics is a sport that takes a lot out of you, it's a lot of
hard work; but if you stay with it, it gives you so much more in return."
Oklahoma Gymnastics wishes her continued success in her