Laurie shared her story of growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. She talked about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. “Through the Felician Core value of transformation, ICHS encourages and empowers girls to be leaders and share their gifts with others. Laurie is a shining example of the core value of transformation and we were honored to welcome Laurie to the ICHS family.” shared President/Principal, Joseph R. Azzolino.
Senior Maria Elisa Escobar presented Laurie with an ICHS sweatshirt: officially welcoming her as an honorary ICHS “Blue Wolf”. Laurie entertained the crowd and stayed well into the evening to take selfies and photos with the excited guests.
Gymnast Lauren “Laurie” Hernandez was born in New Jersey. She started her gymnastics career as a young child and steadily built a reputation for her skills and charisma on the floor and apparatus. She landed a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team and is one of only a handful of Latinas to represent the U.S. since 1936. At the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, she won team gold as the youngest member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, nicknamed “The Final Five,” and a silver medal in the individual balance beam event.
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Season 23 of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars has come to a close, and we finally know who walked away with the coveted Mirrorball trophy…Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge!
Hernandez signed on to the show shortly after competing at the Rio Games, and compares her most recent win to earning a gold medal. “Honestly, I feel like they tie for each other,” she said. “I feel like the Olympics, as a little kid it was such a big goal that I created for myself and I was able to push through and make that happen. So for the Mirrorball — well, I’ve always loved to dance and that was my passion along with gymnastics, so winning the Mirrorball today was insane and amazing,” she told US Weekly.
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Her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, won the trophy once before with Rumer Willis in 2015. Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy have formed a friendship that goes beyond the show. “At the end of the day it’s not about the Mirrorball, it’s about the friendships that you create, and I created a friendship with an incredible young lady that I’ll be rooting for for a very long time,” Chmerkovskiy told Us.
What’s next for this dancing duo? Hernandez plans to join Chmerkovskiy on the Dancing With the Stars Tour next year.
The last dwindling days of summer have been nothing sort of beautiful. August has been gracing New Jersey with heat, sunshine, and fun. Here’s what you missed is weekend:
Friday, August 19th
Two very different artists came to entertain NJ on Friday night. Kristin Chenoweth performed at The Borgata Music Box in Atlantic City, NJ. She shared a post on Instagram after the show hyping up AC night 2. Black Sabbath rocked the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. The Prince of Darkness (Ozzy Osborne) knows how to slay the show.
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Kenny Chesney was in the Garden State this weekend. Adorable Sam Hunt opened. 56,292 fans piled into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ for the Spread the Love Tour. He shared a photo on Instagram of enthusiastic fans smiling, screaming, and waving the flag proud captioning it, #americankids. He described the audience as, “Magic.” We agree, Chesney.
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The Rio Olympic games closed with a bang for the USA. We finished with a total of 121 medals with China and Great Britain following behind with 70 and 67. 46 of the 121 medals were gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze. The US athletes are truly number one. New Jersey’s women’s all around gymnastics gold medalist Laurie Hernandez (Old Bridge) shared a picture at the closing ceremony on Instagram with track and field Olympian Sydney McLaughlin (New Brunswick) with the caption, “Jerseyyyyyyyyy!” We are proud of you, girl! GO NJ!USA USA USA!