By Lori Brown
MONTICELLO June 19, 2007 The Monticello Gymnastics Club held its 23rd annual exhibition on Friday night in the Monticello High School gymnasium.
The emcee for the evening was Village of Monticello Parks and Recreation Director Betsy Conaty.
Village of Monticello Mayor Jim Barnicle said a few words at the beginning of the evening. He welcomed back the parents who had their children in the program in past years and welcomed the new parents, saying “thank you for guiding your children through their early years.”
“We expect to see you all next year,” he concluded.
A nice award and gift certificate was presented to Gloria and K.C. Garn for all their support over the last 11 years. Their son, Kienan Garn, an 18-year-old senior at Sullivan West Central School, has been in the program for 11 years.
Conaty noted that Kienan Garn became a member of the Monticello Gymnastics Club when he was in the first grade and has set a good example and has been a wonderful role model in the gym for fellow club members.
Conaty ended by saying that Gloria and K.C. Garn’s generosity and dedication to the club would not be forgotten and neither would they.
There were many family members, friends and supporters sitting in the audience awaiting the gymnasts to come out and perform.
Conaty started the evening off by saying thank you to the club’s Booster Club for supplying all the equipment. The booster club is made up of all Pre-Team and Team families.
This program is in part funded by the Village of Monticello, but it is the Booster Club that makes it possible for all the equipment which is needed for the program.
Conaty also thanked all of the gymnastics club’s coaches: Director and Head Coach Pedro Tweed, Coach Amanda Tweed, Assistant Coach Hope Whitcomb, Assistant Coach Maria Karkos and Volunteer Coach Alyscha DeLucca.
A slide show presentation of the recently completed competitive season was put together by the Booster Club for everyone to enjoy.
All of the club’s groups of performed presentations during the evening. Those groups included, “Tutti Frutties”; Girls’ Team Level 4, 5 and 6; Tiny Tots; Pre-K and Kindergarten; First Grade class; Girls’ Second and Third Grade class; Mixed Sixth grade and above girls; Boys’ Teams Level 4, 7 and 10; Out-of-Towners mixed class; Boys’ Second Grade and above; and Girls’ Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade class.
The presentations by the groups included dance routines and a compulsory routine consisting of performances on the uneven bars, vaulting table, balance beam, parallel bars and floor exercise.
Each group of children did a dance routine together as well as a single event of their choice. Coach Pete Tweed said his students did a superb job, noting that all of the children worked very hard to practice their routines.
The Monticello Gymnastic Classes are open to everyone and the ages begin at 14 months old and go through high school aged kids. The classes begin in September and end in June. Children can also attend the summer camp session which lasts for six weeks.
Tweed, who is proud of his accomplishments, recently had his book published. Tweed’s book, “Freeway: Thoughts, Reflections, and Observations, Finding Room, Enough to Evaluate Who you are,” is about his take on life.
He will soon hold a book signing at the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County office in Monticello.