assion for gymnastics started when I was 2. I started competing USGA at the age of 6. I started competitive cheerleading at the age of 7 which quickly became another passion of mine. Due to an injury I had to give up one and I continued with cheerleading. I competed at Level 5 and went to worlds twice. I have learned a lot from both sports they have taught me many valuable life lessons. Outside of the gym I am a single mom of an amazing daughter who is 3. Last year I graduated from new dimensions beauty academy and am now a licensed cosmetologist. My favorite part of coaching is to watch the next generation of athletes learn and grow in the sports.
I'm a junior at Brush High School. I enjoy working with kids and playing basketball. I enjoy spending time with my family and it is really important to me. I love coaching because I get to work with kids and see their excitement every time they accomplish a new skill.
I'm a junior at Fort Morgan High School and have 12 years experience as a gymnast. I enjoy brain bowl, 4-H, volleyball, basketball, and track. My favorite part of coaching at High Plains is watching kids go from not being able to do a skill to being able to complete it all by themselves.
Kathryn Schoemaker Recreation Instructor
I am a junior at Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado. I have five years experience as a gymnast. I also enjoy volleyball and playing piano. My favorite part about coaching is watching the girls get better at what they love.
Joey Shurtleff Recreation Instructor
Isabella Cinco Recreation Instructor
Destiny Pelton Recreation Instructor
Destiny is a junior at Fort Morgan High School where she competes for their team in the fall. She has 6 years experience as a gymnast and also enjoys basketball and track. Her favorite part of coaching gymnastics is seeing the kids excited to learn new things.
Cassondra McCracken Recreation Level Instructor
I have been married for 5 years and have three kiddos Mercy(4 1/2), Justus(4) and Asher(1). I started competing when I was 9 and continued until I graduated high school. In 2006, I started coaching here at High Plains. I took a break from coaching when I was pregnant with our daughter and just started again in September of 2016. I enjoy working with kids and seeing them improve in gymnastics.
Alix is a freshman at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She competed or coached at High Plains for the eight years prior to heading off to college. She likes traveling, reading, and being outdoors and keeps busy doing dance, gymnastics, and snow skiing when she gets the chance. We appreciate her willingness to coach open gyms on the weekends when she is home. Her favorite part of coaching is getting to know all of the kids and listening to their stories, as they can always put a smile on her face.
Alix Young Open Gym Instructor
Attends Wiggins Middle School 7 years experience as a gymnast Enjoys gymnastics and volleyball Bella loves the kids and being able to help others.
Hallie Wickham Recreation Level Instructor
I am a senior at Fort Morgan High School. I live in Fort Morgan with my parents, Jason and Carrie Wickham. I like spending time with friends and family, going to the lake in the summertime, and traveling. My favorite part of coaching is watching the gymnastics have fun and improve!
Lisa Shurtleff Competition Team Coach
Lisa has been coaching at High Plains Gymnastics Academy for 3 1/2 years. In addition to coaching, she has a full time job at Viaero Wireless. She is married with a daughter who is an optional level gymnast and a son who is involved in multiple sports in high school. Lisa was a three sport athlete as a child (including Gymnastics and Diving). Hobbies include watching her children and the rest of the Fort Morgan athletes in sports, working out, and photography. She loves to coach the Competitive Level teams because they are so eager to learn. She thinks it is amazing to watch them perfect their skills in each practice and show those skills off in the meets. Watching these girls grow and move up levels within the gym are proud moments for her.
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