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2019 - 2020 JO Nationals Qualifiers

Although JO National was not held this year, the JOPC approved a process to select qualifiers from each region.  

The following athletes are the official JO Nationals qualifiers from Region 6.

A hearty congratulations should be extended to the athletes, coaches, parents and member clubs.  

 

Level 10 (17 – 19)

Matthew Cormier

Syam Baradagunta

Alex Vandendries

Max Enis

Christopher Hiser

Gabe Almeida

Will Champagne

Josh Wornell

Steven Manolakis

Jackson Harrison

Kai Chun

Connor Cavanagh

Youssef Mahgoub

Alexander Skalkos

Max Renzi

Jonah Henderson

Gabriel Nonken

Owen Adams-Mejia

Daniel Kravets

Cameron Gaulin

 

Level 10 (15 – 16)

Frederick Richard

Luke Esparo

Tate Costa

Jacob Harmon

Ian Lasic-Ellis

Luke McFarland

Tyler Beekman

Michelangelo Villani

Sean Desmarais

Samuel Kaplan

Brian Solomon

Myles Thornton-Sherman

Liam Arnold

Alex Catchpole

Dillon Campbell

Owen Carney

Elijah Harris

Owen Frank

Troy Healey

Evan Zakrewski

 

Level 9

Alexander Noel

Jake Islam

Madden Shelley

Jacob Laher

Owen Clemans

Alexander Farrell

Anthony Casciano

Kaidan Ingersoll

Aiden Bullock

James Farnworth

Derrick Li

Nathaniel Rogers

 

Level 8

Michael Paul

Callan Asher

John Hartrey

Kelly Moriarty

Cole Larrabee

Parker Bean

JacAlan Cecchini

Alex Garand

 

Level 10 Event Specialists

Brandon Campbell (PH)

Mathieu Champagne (PH)
Matthew Hassan (FX)
 

Petitions

Luke McFarland

Tucker Blanchard

Lucas Marden

Reece Landsperger

Riley Lineman

Jack Holland

Nolan Heffelfinger

Max Finn

Sergey Koenig

Jack Morris

Dylan Mills

Michael Weiner

Divier Ramos

Christopher Monticone

Joshua Liu

Ryan O'Malley

 

Region 6 Men's Gymnastics Update: 5/17/2020

Region 6 Men’s Gymnastics,

We are now almost through May with no definitive date for gyms to open.  This has undoubtably been a difficult time for our strong gymnastics community.  
 
1.  There are options for workout.  If your gymnasts are not working out, there are Zoom classes being held across the country.  Everyone is welcome to join workouts at the Never Chalk!!! Gym.  These workouts are every night, seven days per week, at 5:00PM. The Zoom call in number is 991-061-304.  All levels are welcome.  Girls are also welcome to join.  Olympic Coach Yin Alvarez is also holding workouts Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 10:00 AM.  His call in number is 892-3870-6266.  There are many other options throughout the Region and country.  If you need assistance please reach out.
 
 
2.  If you are holding Zoom workouts and need help creating certain effects and using the software, please reach out to dan_young5@comcast.net at any time.  There are some fascinating things that can be done with this software if you practice and get advice.  There are so many settings and options that you can utilize to make the process more enjoyable and secure.  
 
 

 3.  The Springfield College Camp for the R6ETP, scheduled for July 9 - 12, has been cancelled.  Springfield College will not be holding any events through the summer.  This is unfortunate as it is a wonderful opportunity for our elite team and community.  

 
4.  Please be sure that you senior athletes participate in college recruiting if they are trying to compete in college.  There is a college programs tab that is part of the Regional website that may be helpful.  There are many opportunities out there; the athletes need to know about them.  Without JO nationals, this may be the only way that they can reach out to advocate for themselves.  
 
5.  Region 6 men’s gymnastics will not be participating in the Women’s congress this year.  We will be holding our own Region 6 Men’s Gymnastics congress.  The date for this event has not been determined because of the current health situation.  This event will be scheduled shortly.  If there are topics for presentations that you would like to see, please email them to me.  
 
6.  Region 6 is considering starting a Virtual College Gymnastics team.  It will be part of the Gym-ACT program.  If you have an athlete that is interested in participating, please send the names to dan_young5@comcast.net as soon as possible.  Any athlete enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at any community college, junior college, or other school within the six states of our region is eligible to compete.  The team will compete in two dual meets with Springfield, at the West Point open and at the NAIGC college gymnastics championships held at Springfield College, this coming year.
 
7.  Steven Nedoroscik was awarded the Nissen Emery award.  This is the highest award that a college gymnast can receive.  His accomplishments should be recognized and praised.  Sterling Gymnastics academy and Bob and Liz should also be recognized for their amazing contributions.  
 
8.  The following members of the Region 6 gymnastics community have been elected to the 2020 class of the Region 6 Hall of Fame.  Congratulations to each the recipients as well as their families.  Your contributions have been immense and are certainly noticed.  These members will be honored at a later date. 
 
Dave Ellis
Dick Aronson
Bill Jones
Frank Wolcott  
 
9.  The 2019 John Redmon Award for Outstanding Service to the Region 6 community has been awarded to Levon Karakhanyan.  His contributions as a coach to the region the past year have been outstanding.  Levon and his efforts will be honored at a later date.  
 
 
We will continue to work hard to provide information, workouts and a semblance of community through these times.  If there is anything you may need please feel free to reach out any time.  My number is 617-285-0406 and my email address is dan_young5@comcast.net.
 
All the best,
 
Daniel E. Young, ScD.

2019-2020 Region 6 Men's Gymnastics Graduating Seniors

Below is the list of the 2019 - 2020 Graduating Seniors.  Their contributions to Region 6 Men's Gymnastics have been outstanding.  These athletes  should be honored for their commitment to the sport and their communities.  All the best to these athletes as well as their families, as they each move forward.

 

Owen Adams-Mejia
Tri-Town Gymnastics
Homeschool
Oscar Mejia and April Adams-Mejia
Frank Valentin

My experience at Tri-Town has been incredible. I have always seen the gym as my second home. Having grown up there, it has been a great environment to not only improve my gymnastics skills but life skills as well. My journey with gymnastics would not have been possible without help from many people. I would like to thank my family for all their support throughout my years with gymnastics. I would like to
thank my teammates, the boys I have grown up with, for always being there for me. I also thank my coach and grandfather for guiding me this far. Gymnastics has taught me lessons I will be able to hold on to all of my life. After high school, I look forward to my studies in computer science and cybersecurity.

 

Nicholas Allard

Thames Valley Academy of Gymnastics
Norwich Free Academy
Heather Allard and Jeffery Allard
Giuseppe Verzino

I would like to begin by thanking my parents for putting me into gymnastics. Without their love and support I would not be the man that I am today. I would also like to thank my coaches, teammates, and friends for all of your support. Through the good and the bad times, of meets and training, they have always had my back and have shown so much support. After high school, I hope continue gymnastics whiling pursing a degree in sports management. 

 

Syam Buradagunta 

Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy 

Westborough High School

Syam and Buffy Buradagunta

Matt Hall, Cal Booker, Dan Young, Levon Karakhanyan

I have been involved with the Region 6 Men’s Gymnastics program since I was 7 years old and it has been, by far, the most impactful organization on my life. Much more than just MEGA, just NEAG, or just GLC, the collection of people in this region have truly changed my life. I would first like to thank my parents and my coaches for helping me through this journey that changed my life for the better. I owe a huge thanks to my teammates who made this experience well worthwhile. The people I’ve bonded with from each and every gym in this Region, will always be people I consider as my brothers. Because of all of your support, I am on to compete in the NCAA for the U.S Naval Academy- I hope to see you all there. 646!

 

Braeden Callaghan
USA Gymnastics
Danbury High School
Kevin and Marjie Callaghan
Tom Greet, Chris Moon and Giuseppe Verzino

Gymnastics has not only provided exercise and competition, but it has taught me patience, discipline, perseverance and commitment. Having attended USA Gymnastics for over 10 years, it has been a second home and my coaches and teammates a second family. I would like to thank my coaches, Tom, Chris and Joe for always keeping me safe while pushing me to be my best. I would also like to thank my parents for supporting me throughout my gymnastics career. I plan on studying physics and participating in club gymnastics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

 

Brandon Campbell
New England Academy of Gymnastics
Bishop Guertin High School
Lisa Campbell and Sean Campbell
Cal Booker, Dan Young

When I started gymnastics 15 years ago I would have never seen myself at the point I am today. Gymnastics has been a massive part of my life and helped form me into who I am today. It has given me an understanding of what it truly means to commit to something in life and put a plan into motion to accomplish a goal. I am proud to say that I will be attending Penn State University on an athletic scholarship to continue my gymnastics career. Thank you to my coaches for always pushing me and keeping me focused on the final goal. I also thank my parents for making countless sacrifices and supporting me which has made it possible for me to accomplish the goal every gymnast has. 

 

Connor Cavanagh
Daggett's Gymnastics
Williston Northampton School
Lynn Cavanagh
Darren Morace

I have been doing gymnastics since I was just two years old. Gymnastics has essentially been my whole life and it is what made me into who I am today. Through gymnastics I have learned numerous life skills such as work ethic, dedication, and how to overcome adversity. I wouldn't be the same gymnast or the same person I am today without the support of all my coaches past and present, along with my mom and family who make sacrifices in order to give me opportunities to be successful. Thanks to my coaches, teammates, and family I am able to continue my gymnastics career at Army West Point. 

 

Mathieu Champagne 
Impact Gymnastics Academy 
Bow High School 
Sharron & Frank Champagne 
Craig Thibaudeau 

I do not remember a time when I didn't do gymnastics. I would like to thank my coach, Craig and my team. Everyone at Impact has become my family and they always manage to keep a smile on my face. My family has never stopped supporting me and I am so amazingly grateful for everything that they have done to keep me in gymnastics. I will be studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. 

 

KAI CHUN

BRESTYAN’S 
BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL
YOKO AND JEFFREY CHUN
DEBBIE NAKA

I want to thank my mom and dad for their undying support for my love of gymnastics. I want to thank my coach Debbie Naka for pushing me to work harder. And I want to thank my friends that I have made through gymnastics. Region 6 has welcomed me into their community and it has been the best time of my life. Without these people, I know I would not be where I am today.

 

Hunter Conley
American School of Gymnastics
Keene High School in Keene NH
Faith and Joshua Conley
John Leighton, Michael Reilly, & Lucy Reilly

As my time as a Region 6 Gymnast is coming to an end, I am filled with gratitude towards everyone who has supported me as a gymnast. I’m thankful for my parents, especially my mother, who have always been there bringing me to practices. I’m thankful for my teammate and best friend Andre, who helped keep practices fun no matter how tough the workout. I’m especially thankful for my coaches who have taught me everything I know and are the reason I have stayed with the sport. My gym and my coaches have been an incredible influence on my life and I will always grateful for my time as a Gymnast. 

 

Matthew Cormier
Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
Milton High School
Michelle and Dennis Cormier
Levon Karakhanyan

My time in region 6 has seen many low and many high points, and the journey I’ve underwent over the last 9 years has changed me tremendously. I want to thank my parents for the everlasting support, giving me rides for years and accepting my nonstop requests for protein shakes. And I would be nowhere without my incredible coach Levon, who has transformed my gymnastics and elevated me to get the opportunities I have in front of me. I will be continuing my gymnastics and academics at Penn State University where I will be studying Civil Engineering.

 

NATE DUMAS

Daggett Gymnastics 
Chicopee Comprehensive High School
Paula and Brett 
Darren Morace

I started gymnastics pretty late and only because my younger brother was showing me up and had abs and I grew to love it. Over the few years I've done gymnastics I have thoroughly enjoyed finding new ways to throw my body around and make it look cool. Although I never planned on being the best, I always aimed to just go out, do the best I can, and simply have fun. And I'd like to say I did a great job at doing that. I have acquired many life-long aches and pains, but I would never go back because of the countless memories and friends I have gained who can sympathize with my pain. Thank you to my mom and dad who without their back breaking effort to keep my brother and I in gymnastics I would not have been given this opportunity, I'm sure they'll be glad to have the extra money once I'm done. 

 

Max Enis
Sterling Gym
Mass Academy
Anna Perelstein, Alexander Enis
Bob Donahue, Liz Gonzales

I have been doing gymnastics for as long as I can remember, and it has shaped me into the person I am today. Thanks to gymnastics, I have learned the value of work ethic, companionship, and motivation. Gymnastics is a sport that beats you down until you think you can't get up, but invariably, you emerge as stronger man. I would like to thank my parents for supporting me throughout the years, and my coaches for spending so much time with me teaching this wonderful sport.

 

Andrew Gatesman
Thames Valley Academy of Gymnastics
Bacon Academy
Mike and Jen Gatesman
Giuseppe Verzino

As I finish my senior year as a Region 6 gymnast, I would like to thank everyone who supported me through my 17 years in the sport. First, I would like to thank my parents for always being there for me, through all the ups and downs. From moving gyms to asking about practice daily, you were with me through it all. Thank you to all of my coaches and team-mates for encouraging me every step of the way. Lastly, I owe a huge thank you to the entire Thames Valley community for welcoming me and becoming like a second family to me. Without them, I wouldn’t have the friendships and memories made over the last several years that will last a lifetime. After high school, I will be attending college to study Mechanical Engineering and hope to be able to continue training and competing in gymnastics. 

 

Cameron Gaulin

Tri-Town Gymnastics
Coventry High School
Brandi and Todd Gaulin
Frank Valentin

I would like to thank my parents for introducing me to the world of gymnastics back when I was 8 years old. Without their huge love and support throughout this ten year journey, I would not be the man I am today. I want to thank my teammates for always being there and having my back when times were tough. Lastly, I want to thank my coach for guiding me through this sport. My coach was always there for the good, bad, and ugly times of gymnastics. Gymnastics wasn’t a sport for me anymore, it was a way of life. This sport has taught me so many lessons that I will hold on to for the rest of my life. The harsh life lessons I learned from my coach and this sport are priceless, and will go on to have a positive impact on my future as I pursue the field of computer science. 

 

 

Jackson Harrison 

Aim High Academy

Chariho Regional High School

Karen Galipeau and David Harrison

Tristan Heuvelman and Danilo Gattei 

I have been apart of gymnastics for 10 years and it has slowly become my entire life. I’m very thankful that I’m able to coach gymnastics and judge gymnastics along with my training. It’s allowed me to discover my passion for the sport, beyond just competing. I could not have done this without the help of my parents, Karen Galipeau and David Harrison.

 

Yan Inhaber-Courchesne
Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
Westborough High School
Neil Inhaber and Marie Courchesne
Cal Booker, Dan Young, Levon Karakhanyan

Gymnastics has always been more than just a sport to me. It’s been a journey that has shaped me into the person I am today. I am extremely grateful for my coaches, family, and friends that have supported me in this incredible journey. This region has given me opportunities to grow as a gymnast and as a person. I’ll be continuing gymnastics as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will major in cellular and molecular biology. 

 

Daniel Kravets

Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
Sharon High School
Yekaterina Akkanen and Alexander Kravets
Levon Karakhanyan
 
I would like to thank my parents and coach Levon for guiding me through this very influential portion of my life. Gymnastics is one of the most demanding sports and I could not have progressed without them. I would also like to thank my teammates for sticking with me through thick and thin and pushing me to accomplish so much.

 

Lucas Marden
Gym & More
Reading Memorial High School
Nick and Adrienne Marden
Anthony Latorella

Gymnastics has been a large part of my life for as long as I can remember, and it has provided me with the most formative experiences of my life. I would like to thank my older brother, James, for introducing me to the sport (and then again when I didn't like my first class), and my parents for their unwavering support throughout the last twelve years. I greatly appreciate the efforts of Mitko Lountchev, who mentored me through my first eight years in the sport, and to Anthony Latorella, who has consistently helped me reach my goals throughout high school. Most of all, I am thankful for all of my teammates, former and present; despite the grueling work at hand, you have made my time at the gym truly enjoyable and memorable. 

 

Julian Miner
Deary’s Gymnastics
Plainfield High School
Tammy and Kerry Miner
Matthew Tocchio
 
I remember my dad dropping me off for tumbling around 9 years ago and falling in love with the sport, I remember being pretty shy and closed off when I first started after a couple years of being there Matt took over as our coach and he made me not only a better gymnast but a better person and after 9 years of going to Deary’s I can look back and remember when I was that tiny kid looking up to the older ones and I realize that I’m that older kid now. As for college I’m going to the University Of New Haven for Criminal Justice, there is a gymnastics club which I plan on joining. 

Gabriel Nonken

Daggett’s Gymnastics
Glastonbury High School
Kathy & Peter Nonken
Darren Morace

I started doing gymnastics in Cincinnati, OH when I was a toddler. After moving to Connecticut, I was on the team at Wininger’s Gymnastics, and eventually joined the Daggett’s team. I want to thank Darren and Tim, and all the other coaches who have helped me in my gymnastics career. I also want to thank my family for their encouragement and enthusiasm.  Thanks to all my teammates for the motivation, support, and good times. I will miss you guys! The lessons gymnastics has taught me and the friends I have made will stay with me forever. I plan to study film and digital media in college next year. 

 

Ryan Pomfred 

New England Academy of Gymnastics
Holliston High
Deb and Dave Pomfred 
Cal Booker and Dan Young

I started gymnastics when I was 5. I went to classes at elite gymnastics with one of my friends from school and that is when I started my adventure in gymnastics. I came to NEAG a few years later and I loved the look of the gym and just being here I new it was the gym for me. I was in gymnastics camp learning tricks for fun and making friends. Then later I got onto the team and that is where it got a little more serious than the classes and camps I was in. I started to get good at gymnastics in my sophomore year of high school and ever since then I have been improving a lot. Dan put me into the JD program my junior year and from their he taught me so much and transformed me into the gymnast I am today. My favorite event is floor and the best skill I have competed is a back triple full. And I was JD state champion junior year. Also my friends at the gym have helped me get better and to have a fun time at the gym and I don’t know if I would have stayed in gymnastics this long if it wasn’t for the nice people that inhabit the gym. I’m happy to say that I have enjoyed doing gymnastics and I hope that after my gap year I can maybe compete on one event at the college level. I will miss doing gymnastics and I plan on maybe coaching at NEAG if I don’t go to college. 

 

Stephen Schwartz
New Era Gymnastics
Guilford High School
Michael Schwartz and Mary O'Neill
Alex Flores, Chris Casso, Eric Oullette

I have been a gymnast at New Era since for more than seven years now. In that time, I have had so many amazing experiences both in and out of the gym. I have learned so much both mentally and physically through the sport of gymnastics, things that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. I have been so fortunate to have had such incredible coaches over the years and I thank them for everything. Gymnastics has been such a huge part of my life for so long and I truly believe it is the greatest sport in the world. I plan to keep doing gymnastics in some capacity for as long as I can, as it is so important to me. 

 

Alex Skalkos 
Yellow Jackets Gymnastics
Swampscott High School
Demetri and Joan Skalkos
Charles Jackson

I have been a gymnast at Yellow Jackets Gymnastics for about eight years and mainly coached by Charles Jackson. I am beyond proud of region 6 and how far we have come, as well as all the achievements our hardworking boys have achieved. I would like to thank my coach, my parents, and my teammates for making my gymnastics experience the best it could be. I would like to thank Daniel Young for all he has done for the men's Region 6 Gymnastics organization as well as Steve Randall for his dedication to our region. 

 

Ben Smith
New Era
Southington High School
Josh and Holly Smith
Alex Flores

Thank you to my parents, for believing that I could be successful in such a difficult sport and never giving up on me. I also owe thanks to Byron Knox, for introducing competitive gymnastics to me and my family. This spurred a fourteen-year journey that took me to four different gyms and gave me opportunities in different parts of the country. My journey through the sport reflects men’s’ gymnastics in the sense that three out of the four gyms I have been at no longer have boys’ programs. That is what makes Region 6 so special. So many gymnasts have faced similar situations, creating bonds that holds our community together. A final thanks to Alex Flores for helping me overcome huge obstacles that previously held me back and for pushing me forward no matter what. This has not only been a sport, but a lifestyle for me and my family, and I thank you all for being a part of it. 

 

Zack Wingert

Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
Bethany Christian Academy
Steve and Eliz Wingert
Levon Karakhanyan
  

I would like to thank all of my coaches over the years. Growing up doing gymnastics has changed me for the better, it taught me that hard work always pays off in the end, and to strive for my goals. I want to thank my first coach, my dad, for teaching me the basics of gymnastics. I’d like to thank Tom Fontecchio for always being there and helping me grow as a person. Even helping after his retirement, always willing to help. And finally I would like to thank Levon for coaching me through my final years of high school. Gymnastics has been a blast for me and the things that I learned will be with me for the rest of my life.

 

Josh Wornell
New England Academy of Gymnastics
Wellesley High School
Kim Katz and Greg Wornell
Cal Booker, Dan Young

Gymnastics has been a major part of my life for a decade and despite ups and downs, I’m so glad for it. I’ll take its lessons of hard work and determination into the rest of my life. Thanks to my parents for always supporting me and for the thousands of hours they’ve put in. Thanks to Cal Booker and Dan Young for believing in me and helping me become an ever-improving gymnast. And thanks to my teammates for being such amazing friends. My team is truly my second family. I’m excited to pursue Materials Science and Engineering in college.

 

Callum Wright
Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy
High School: Tri County RVTHS
Scott and Linda Wright

Levon Karakhanyan 
I’d like to thank my parents who have supported me unconditionally throughout my gymnastics career. They have been there through it all, and have always pushed me to be the best athlete and man I could be. Without them I wouldn’t have the appreciation of a strong work ethic that I have today.  A huge thank you to Levon - thank you for the encouragement and help during my surgery rehabilitation, enabling me to compete in my senior year. It’s great to be a member of such an awesome, supportive team, my teammates are second to none, I will miss them next year! After High school I will continue to pursue my career in carpentry. 

 

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