Stouffer putting in the work

Name: Marissa Stouffer

School: Altoona Area

Age: 16

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Gymnastics

Athlete of the week achievement: Stouffer led Altoona to its sixth straight Central Pa. Gymnastics League title. She won the all-around with a 37.0. She finished first in the vault, bar and floor, and also was second on the beam.

Season update: Stouffer has scored 289 points this season and will be competing in the Pennsylvania Classic on Feb. 22-23 at Moon Area High School.

Coach Mark Biseli’s quote: “Marissa has been working very hard to prefect her skills. She attended Woodward gymnastics camp over the summer and attends LTD Academy in Altoona. She has been making great strides toward becoming an elite athlete.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Chirdon

Favorite subject: Health

Favorite movie: “Riverdale”

Favorite food: Mac and cheese

Favorite song: “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

Outside interests: Camping

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Florida, Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Simone Biles

Best athlete I ever competed against: Emma Sawinski

Most influential person on my athletic career: Dawn Litzinger

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the Central Pa. League the last two years

How I got my start in gymnastics: “My parents (Mark and Jeannine) signed me up for it.”

Future goal: To get a full scholarship to compete in gymnastics in college

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