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Senior Spotlight 2009

Devin's picDevin Young has been a member of the Forbes Flyers Jump Rope Team since 3rd grade. He is was one of four co-captains on the team. I have watched Devin grow into a well- rounded and gifted athlete. I was not only his jump rope coach but his physical education teacher as well.

Devin was a member of his high school honor society; he plays guitar and writes his own music. He played Varsity Tennis and was the school’s first male cheerleader. Devin has benefited from a sport that encourages leadership, teamwork and commitment. He has achieved many first on the Forbes Flyers Jump Rope Team. He was the first male to stay on the team through his senior year and he was the first male to medal in freestyle on the national level. He also won a Dick’s Sporting Store Contest using his jump rope skills and he appeared on Good Morning America to promote the movie “Jump In”.

He has qualified each year to compete at the USA Jump Rope National Competition bringing home medals and ribbons in recognition of this accomplishment with his highest being a gold medal in single rope pairs freestyle. Devin also competed and placed third at the Apollo in New York through the National Double Dutch League and at state Double Dutch competitions through the American Double Dutch League. He competed last year at the FISAC World Tournament held in Cape Town, South Africa, bringing home a 3rd place overall medal in Double Dutch and a second place in triple jumps in the South African Open.

Devin’s ability to lead, teach and mentor the members on our team has been one of his highest achievements. He has inspired and encouraged more boys to join and remain on the team as a result of his work ethic and jump rope skills. He has shared his gifts and talents at numerous workshops, camps and demonstrations in and outside of the state of Connecticut. The life skills and character building traits that Devin has experienced on the team will serve him well as he transitions to his college life at Ohio State University. We know his awesome “vertical jump” will help him continue to “Fly High” because as with all our Flyers - "We Believe You Can Fly”!

Good Luck Devin, You Will Be Missed!

caitlin picCaitlin Kackowski has been a member on the Forbes Flyers Jump Rope Team since third grade.  She was one of four co-captains on the team. Over the years I have watched Caitlin grow into a productive and contributing member on the team.

Caitlin participated on both the high school track team and ski club.  As a jumper she has had the opportunity to travel to many different states for competitions, workshops and demonstrations promoting a sport that has provided her with life skills that she can use in all areas of her life.  In her role as co-captain she provided leadership skills that assisted her in mentoring the younger members of the team.  She also played a big role in creating and teaching new jump rope routines. Her ability to break down skills into teachable components helped every jumper feel successful.  Her sensitivity and compassion made her a favorite amongst the younger jumpers.

As she moves forward to college life at Arizona State University we know that her experiences on the team will serve her well providing her with strong character traits and opportunities that will give her confidence in making wise choices.  Good Luck Caitlin and remember "We Believe You Can Fly" - So Soar High!!

Amanda's PicAmanda Poirier has been a member on the Forbes Flyers Jump Rope Team since 3rd grade. She was also any active member on the high school softball team. Over the years Amanda has been a valuable member to the team always willing to work with our younger jumpers helping them with basic skills always making them feel successful.

Amanda has had the opportunity to compete on the national level bringing home ribbons for being in the top ten in Double Dutch. She has also competed in Double Dutch at competitions hosted by the American Double Dutch League.

Amanda is a very sensitive and caring person and it is this demeanor that made it easy to work with and help our younger jumpers and it will be these character traits that will strengthen her confidence when making decisions as she moves into her college life at Pace University in NY. We wish her all the best always remembering her wings are strong and she can soar high as a flyer because – "We Believe You Can Fly!" Good Luck Amanda

Stacy's Picture Stacy Rakyta has been a member of the Forbes Flyers Jump Rope Team since third grade. Stacy is one of four co-captains on the team. Stacy also participated on the high school ski club, student council and leader of the youth choir at her church.

During her years on the team Stacy has competed at both the regional and national level bringing home many ribbons and medals in recognition of her accomplishments. As one of four co-captains she had the responsibility of leading practices, organizing shows, creating team show routines and running team meetings. Stacy took time to assist and encourage our younger jumpers by keeping them on task and helping them at times with homework assignments always making sure they are respectful and follow our team rules. In addition to working with her own team she has traveled in and out of the state of CT to promote the sport of jump rope with demonstrations at folk festivals, wellness fairs, school assemblies and workshops.

Stacy is a very organized and focused young lady. Her level of confidence has given her the ability to share her talents with ease and true joy. It is easy to see why she will be furthering her schooling in the field of education at St. Joseph College in CT. We wish her well as she transitions to college life knowing that her experiences on the team will serve her well. Good Luck Stacy – Spread Your Wings and Fly High.

Remember...
"We believe you can Fly!"

Samantha's PicSamantha Stevens has been a member on the Forbes Flyers Jump Rope Team since third grade. She was also active on the Mayor’s Youth Council, she was co-editor on the high school yearbook and she was member on the high school honor society.

Samantha is one of four co-captains on the team. As co-captain she was responsible for leading practices, designing shows and creating new routines such as team show. Her attention to detail and organization was essential to keeping jumpers focused and on task. Samantha was responsible for getting the high school to include a two-page spread on the team in the high school yearbook, something we are all very proud of.

Samantha has competed on both a regional and national level bringing home both medals and ribbons in recognition of her accomplishments. She has also traveled both in and out of the state of Connecticut promoting jump rope at shows, festivals and workshops. She traveled to the Apollo in New York to participate in the Double Dutch Tournament held there each December.

Samantha’s leadership skills are key in making sure our younger jumpers perform skills correctly and that they are respectful and responsible. Samantha’s experiences on the team will assist her as she transitions to college life at Eastern CT State University. We wish her well as she starts to soar high as all flyers do because - "We Believe She Can Fly!"