GLOCESTER – A Ponaganset High School student who has trained and competed for years with a Burrillville-based gym has been signed to Notre Dame College.
Julia Bruno of Glocester will join the college’s acrobats and tumbling team next fall.
Bruno, the daughter of Anthony and Samantha Bruno, has honed in her skills at Sports Kids Gymnastics in Pascoag, where she’s excelled as a member of the competitive team.
Opened in 2005, the gym offers both recreational and competitive classes, serving some 250 students of all ages and ability levels. Gymnasts with the team spend 6-13 hours in training each week, depending on their age and level, to perfect their skills on floor, bars, beam, and vault.
The 17-year-old has also participated on the PHS cheerleading squad, which won the Division III title last year.
At the Ohio college, Bruno will have the chance to compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs conference, participating in the acrobatics and tumbling team. As part of her acceptance, she was awarded a NDC Achievement Grant of $12,000 per year or $48,000 off the cost of her four year bachelor’s degree.
Amy Lindberg, owner of the Pascoag-based gym on Davis Drive, said how proud she is of the young athlete, and both the gym and the Ponaganset Athletic Department congratulated Bruno on social media as she officially signed with the college on Thursday, Nov. 29.
“We are very happy for you. Way to go,” the PHS department wrote. “Go Falcons!”
“We are so beyond proud of you and cannot wait to see where your future takes you,” noted SKG.