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Tribal youth place in gymnastics competition

COOPER CITY — Three Tribal girls catapulted their way onto the award podium on Feb. 11, after shining in the 2012 Cruise Classic gymnastics competition.

Jaylee Cypress, Harmony Cypress and Valholly Frank competed as level 2 gymnasts, showing off their skills on the vault, bars, beam and floor. To prepare for the competition, the girls trained two days a week at Park Avenue-Weston gym.

Six-year-old Jaylee competed in the children age division. She scored a 9.3 on vault, earning her a tie for seventh place; a 9.0 on bars, earning her seventh place; a 9.7 on beam, earning her first place; and a 9.1 on floor, earning her a tie for fifth place. With an all-around score of 37.1, Jaylee placed fourth in her division.

“She’s great,” said Janie Valdez, Jaylee’s mother. “We think she needs to stick with it because she’s a natural. She loves competitions.”

Harmony and Valholly also achieved success. They competed in the senior division of the competition.

Nine-year-old Valholly scored a 9.05 on vault; a 7.25 on bars; a 9.05 on beam; and an 8.9 on floor.

Her all-around score of 34.25 earned her 10th place at the competition.

Teammate Harmony, who is 8, tied for sixth place on the vault with a score of 9.25; placed fifth on beam with a score of 9.175; and tied for fourth on the floor with a 9.3. She scored a 7.6 on the bars.

With an all-around score of 35.325, Harmony placed ninth overall.

“They are learning and progressing,” said Big Cypress Board Rep. Joe Frank, Valholly’s father. “It’s important for all kids to be doing something to keep them healthy and improve their fitness.”

The Cruise Classic gymnastics meet was held at Park Avenue Gymnastics in Cooper City. Six gymnastics organizations from around Florida participated. Jaylee, Harmony, Valholly and their other level 2 teammates from Park Avenue-Weston placed second in the team competition.

All three girls hope to advance to level 3 for their next competitive season.

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