2022 Region 2 - Youth Judging at the U.S. Nationals
AHA sent an email blast in September that they were offering a youth judging team scholarship. Natalie saw this and immediately went to work. She contacted other girls that she had been on teams with previously to see if they'd want to participate and go again. Despite the last minute proposal, they all said yes! She then wrote an essay and applied for the scholarship. They ended up winning the scholarship so now they all had to try and get the time off work and get reservations made.
The three teammates made it happen and reunited to compete again, this time in the senior division. The teammates were Danielle Garcia, Kate Day, and Natalie Zavala. In the end, they all received both top ten awards individually and team awards. Natalie was reserve champion overall and first in individual reasons, earning a school scholarship. This was a great feat because it was on nobody's radar this year.
The girls brushed up right beforehand but went with no practice contests or a coach. They just relied on the foundation training received years prior as juniors. They are already planning to compete again next year, in addition to being coaches/mentors for a junior team. AHASFV is looking forward to supporting both teams and we can't be more proud of their girl power, determination, and desire to pay it forward.