BOE Honors Gymnastics Champs
The Manchester Township Board of Education honored the 2021-22 B-South Champion MTHS Girls Gymnastics Team at their December 16, 2021 meeting. Team members Katelyn Meyer, A’Lycia Moore, Juliana Cackowski, Bella Palmiotto, and Kaylin Krumich wore their new championship jackets as they received certificates and plaques from the board.
Athletic Director Keith Lister said that the team did something that very few of Manchester’s athletic programs have done by achieving back to back B-South championships.
Coach Julia Giglio-Stork spoke about the team. She said that last year, with 7 girls on the team, they broke the school record for total points in a meet with 102.1. This year, with only five girls, they did not achieve a record but she explained how difficult it is with only five girls when most other teams have 15 or more.
“So it’s very important for our girls to hit every single time in order to achieve B-South Champions, it’s very important for them to stay focused,” Giglio remarked. “All five girls also qualified for Sectionals, three girls qualified for Shore, and A’Lycia (Moore) qualified for State for the first time this year, so I want to congratulate them for that.”.
The MTHS gymnastics program began in 2014 after a request from students and parents. Lacking equipment at Manchester, the school was able to start the program through an agreement with Jackson Township Schools to use their facilities. The team continues to use the Jackson facilities today.
Giglio said that it is difficult for the team to get fan support because their home meets are at Jackson and thanked the parents and families for their support. She also made a plea for students to join the team if they are interested in the sport, even if they have no experience. “We’ll teach you,” she said.