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There are many talented students that participate in out of school activities here at Ozark Junior High S. One of those students is eighth grader, Kaydon Sutton.

When she was four years old, her mother signed her up for gymnastics, and she has stuck with it ever since. Sutton now attends Gold Medal Gymnastics in Republic. Maggie Nichols is one of Kayden’s biggest inspirations because she didn’t make it to the Olympics, but is now dominating in college meets as an Oklahoma Sooner.

“Maggie has determination like no other,” Sutton said.

Sutton has a busy schedule starting when she wakes up. She attends school from 7:30 a.m. to 11:22 a.m. and then she drives to gymnastics practice. Her practices consist of running, conditioning, warmup, vault, bars, beam, and tumble track.

With her busy schedule, she sometimes misses out on other activities. Sutton says, “I can’t go to school football games, visit my friend’s house as much, and I miss some school activities.”

Sutton has set some goals with all that she does in gymnastics. For example, Sutton said, “I want to get my dismount off the bars, and land my back handspring layout stepout on the high beam. I also would like to attend the University of Oklahoma.”

The furthest Sutton has traveled for a competition is Galveston, Texas.“I like traveling for competitions because it gives you more of a challenge, when you compete, also there are really good gymnasts and teams,” adds Sutton.

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