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Life Motto /Quote: Though she be but little, she is fierce.

Favorite Bible Verse: God is within her, she will not fall. Psalm 46:5

Seasons on American Ninja Warrior: ANW Season 14 (couldn’t compete due to injury) and Season 15.

Greatest Ninja Accomplishment: Making a comeback and getting the call for season 15 after an ACL and meniscus injury took me out of competition for a year.

All about Me:

I am 17 years old, from St Petersburg, Fl where I am a junior at Clearwater Central Catholic High School. Not only can you see me running Ninja courses, but I am also a competitive cheerleader, cheer varsity sidelines for my high school, and am a two-time All-American Cheerleader with aspirations to cheer in college.

I started competitive sports at age two, including: dance, swimming, rock climbing, track, gymnastics and cheer before I discovered Ninja just a few years ago.  I’m a late entrant to the Ninja world (I’ve only been training for three years and competing for two). I quickly moved into the pro-circuit and was selected for ANW season 14, but just two weeks before filming, I tore my ACL and meniscus.  It was devastating.  My cheerleading, Ninja and other activities came to a screeching halt.  But I swore to keep going and work through recovery so I could fully recover and compete on  season 15.

I love being a pretty normal teenager and take every chance I get to give back to our community and be a role model to peers and young athletes. I am an honor student, part of our national honor society, a peer minister and prayer leader, as well as a coach for aspiring ninjas, cheerleaders, and gymnasts.  I also dedicate time to different causes, including my own – “SPREAD CHEER”.  I believe every small act of kindness can bring a smile to someone’s face – whether that is reading to residents at nursing homes, making blankets for people in hospice, buying a cup of coffee for a stranger, or providing snack bags for the homeless, everyone needs a little cheer in their lives, and I intend to spread it.

I am honored to have opportunities through Ninja to share my journey and reach young athletes to remind them that you can do anything you put your mind to. Whether it’s your fear, an injury or people telling you can’t do something, if you believe it and want it, you can do it. Dream big and keep pushing forward!