Year in school: Junior.
Sports/Activities: Gymnastics, National Honors Society.
Most memorable sports moment: My freshman year I went to state for bars and vault. On bars, I had been working all season on a connection and I didn’t do any warmups. But when I tried it in competition, I knew I must’ve made it after I heard everyone start screaming.
Game-day superstition: Having negative thoughts before I compete means that I’ll have a negative outcome.
Nicknames: My friends call me Izzy, but my mom still calls me Tootsie.
Favorite sport: Gymnastics.
Favorite sports team: UCLA.
Favorite athletes: Simone Biles, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman.
Favorite movie: “Moana.”
Favorite book: “Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Favorite food: Any fruit or pasta dish.
Favorite restaurant: Ponderosa.
Dream vacation: California beaches.
Cats or dogs: I love them both.
Most underrated teammate: Probably Emily Rens because she has worked so hard this year, especially with her bars routine.
What makes the beam event so much fun? Beam is definitely the event I have the most trouble with mentally, but I find it fun when I’m able to stick a full routine and put a foot up on our no-fall beam wall.
You were ranked second in the beam in the first state rankings with a personal-best 9.25 in Division 2. How cool was that feeling? It feels really cool to even be on the state rankings for beam, let alone second place. I think it’s crazy to think about my growth throughout the years on beam because it had always been the event that scares me the most. At the meet I got a 9.25, I shut my brain off and blocked out all the of my fears of falling and got up there and did what I’ve been training my body to do.
My advice to young kids involved in sports: Not to be so hard on yourself because there is always another practice and another chance to get better.
If you had one day to spend $1 million, what would you buy? I would for sure buy a Jeep first, and then use whatever money I have left to help out my family and also start a fund for college.
What are three words that describe you? Petite, intelligent, kind.
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? (YouTube actor) Kian Lawley because I love watching his videos on YouTube and they make me laugh.
Post-high school plans: Go to a four-year college and achieve a degree for something in the medical field.
Role models: Definitely my sister Jasmyn, because she introduced me to gymnastics as soon as she was big enough to flip me over the clothesline poles in the backyard. She would make up routines for me when I was 4 to do on the picnic benches, curbs, trampoline or any place she could teach me. Even now, she still plays a huge role in my achievements throughout my seasons. Also my mom, because she raised me all on her own, with the help of my stepdad Todd, and always does her best to make me happy. She has always been here for me throughout the years and I wouldn’t be able to get through life without her. She is truly my very best friend.
Game-day routine: The night before a meet, my mom always makes a huge bowl of pasta to build my strength for competition the next day. I also have a specific braid pattern that my coach does in my hair to bring me good luck.