Jackson Memorial Seniors Help Win National Gymnastics Championship

Photo courtesy Crystal Van de Zilver

JACKSON – Two Jackson Memorial High School seniors helped bring home the big win in the High School National Gymnastics Championship that took place on May 18 and 19 in Fort Myers, Florida. Seniors Jacie Van de Zilver and Taylor Cusick helped the New Jersey team to capture the National Championship title.

The New Jersey team was made up of 12 gymnasts from throughout the state. There were a total of 93 gymnasts from 10 different states competing for the championship title.

Van de Zilver and Cusick helped the NJ team reach a score of 151.75, beating the team from Connecticut’s 146.425.

Jacie Van de Zilver. (Photo courtesy Crystal Van de Zilver)

Van de Zilver won first place All-Around in the competition with a score of 37.825. She placed 2nd in Vault, 1st in Bars, 10th in Beam, 5th in Floor, and was the recipient of the NHSGA scholarship.

Cusick placed 8th All-Around, placed 3rd in Vault, 11th in Bars, and 2nd in Floor.


The NJ team placed the top five girls in All-Around and took the top three spots in every event.

Taylor Cusick. (Photo courtesy Crystal Van de Zilver)