Meet Gabriella, age 8, the gymnast!

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Describe your favorite memory at Carver.

“My favorite memory at Carver was when we went to the Wilton Y to swim for the first time. I made new friends there. I got to hang out with my three best friends.  

I had never been to a pool at camp before, so it was really fun.  

We did free practice in the water but we also got tested to see what our levels were. I think all of the kids 7-9 did really well. Even though some of the girls thought they didn't do well, I thought that everyone tried really hard. I liked swimming a lot. I've been in other swimming pools before, but this was my first time going on a field trip at camp to a swimming pool."

Who is your role model?

"My dad is my role model. Whenever I can't do something, my dad tells me to keep practicing and to try my hardest. He encourages me to do better and when I have problems, he always gives me advice. He always faces his problems and he doesn't let fear get in the way. Another role model is a gymnast in the US olympic team named Gabby. She teaches me to work hard."

What do you want to be when you grow up?

“I want to go to the olympics and be on the USA gymnastics team. I started doing gymnastics when I was 5 and that became my passion. I like gymnastics because you get to be more flexible. Also, most gyms give out medals when people accomplish something. I have two medals. One of them was from 2017, and one is from 2018. My friends Laura, Daniella, and Aniya help me practice gymnastics at Carver."

What is your biggest dream? 

"I want to be famous for being a flexible gymnast."

Describe an accomplishment that you’re proud of.

"I'm proud of being independent when I was with my uncle in Maryland and I was far away from my parents for a week. I learned to be fearless, even without my parents' help."

Describe Carver to someone who doesn’t know what it is.

“Carver is a really fun summer camp. It's the best summer camp you could go to. There are awesome field trips, and you get to make lots of new friends. If you come to Carver, you'll learn to work more. Carver also helps you with your summer reading.”

Jim Schaffer