Star Spotlight: Francine Vaughn
Francine Vaughn competes in competitive gymnastics along with being a STA sophomore.
April 4, 2017
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The Dart: How did you get started in gymnastics?
Vaughn: I’ve done it forever. Probably since I was two.
The Dart: Where do you practice? Do you like it there?
Vaughn: I practice at Eagles Gymnastics. I go Monday through Thursday for four hours and Saturday for four hours. Then I don’t have practice Friday or Sunday but sometimes will go in an extra Friday so it just depends. I really like it there.
The Dart: What is your favorite apparatus?
Vaughn: It kinda depends, it changes. It’s usually either floor or beam.
The Dart: Do you see yourself having a future career in gymnastics?
Vaughn: I don’t want to go to the Olympics or anything but I want to do it in college. I haven’t really thought about any specific colleges I want to compete at. Just wherever.
The Dart: Is it hard to balance school work and gymnastics?
Vaughn: It’s hard when I miss a lot of school. In February I think I missed about 11 days overall, which is about half the month. We have to travel because I compete Friday mornings and we go to places like Colorado or Chicago, those are two places I went this year. Coming up I’m going to State, then after that I have regionals and I might make Westerns.
The Dart: Who is your biggest role model in gymnastics?
Vaughn: I look up to older teammates and girls who graduated. Obviously the girls in the Olympics, because that’s cool, but not a specific person.