Grit . . . Strength . . . Resolve Story and Photos by Prentice C. James
AHS gymnastics coach Fawn Mills, left, directs practice in the early morning hours at the Santa Fe Sports complex. Grit, strength, and resolve are core character traits of every gymnast on the Alvin High School gymnastics team. The level of dedication demonstrated by these athletes is unparalleled. Unlike most athletes who have access to training facilities on campus, the gymnasts at Alvin High School utilize a practice facility in a neighboring town. This requires them to arrive at their home campus before 5:00 a.m. on practice days to travel to Santa Fe, where they practice for up to two hours. Nonpractice days are reserved for early
morning treatment or strength and conditioning training. Traveling is not restricted to just practice days as these student athletes also trek long distances to compete. The average meet is over 160 miles one-way, with a particular competition being more than 600 miles roundtrip. Juggling an already taxing sport with extreme travel is difficult, but the gymnasts balance these rigors and their academics with the same grace and tenacity they exhibit during competition. Despite the early morning practices and
competition travel, the Alvin High School gymnastics team recently captured an impressive 3rd place win at the Dragon Invitational Compulsory Meet in Round Rock, Texas. The seeds of hard work, dedication, and discipline sowed by the gymnastics team have yielded a bountiful harvest of success. The accomplishments experienced both on and off the mat will keep these Lady Jackets soaring to greater heights. More photos on page 12 FEBRUARY 2020 . . .