AOTM: Kennedy Murphy

Kennedy is a phenom when it comes to gymnastics.

Photo/Silas Chu

Kennedy Murphy has found a second home in the gymnastics arena. From the age of three, her innate talents have resulted in numerous top place trophies and even state level appearances. While we were busy filling our schedules with recreational basketball and soccer games in middle school, Murphy was competing in level nine gymnastics- just one level away from the national stage.

In 6th grade, she placed first in the state for bars and second in the state for beam while competing against girls far older than her. She built a special camaraderie with older teammates which ultimately motivated her to pursue gymnastics to such a high level. Her lengthy conditioning and overall optimistic attitude fueled her passion for such a demanding and competitive sport.

At the pinnacle of her level nine career, Murphy decided to take a break from the sport while transitioning from middle school to high school. The grueling training and physical ware merited such a break. In high school, she decided to participate in Bellevue Cheer, which maintained her amazing tumbling skills and flexibility. This year, Murphy is reenergized to jump back into the gymnastics realm and dominate the Kingco League. Fortunately, Murphy’s transition back to the sport she loved was seamless.

“Considering I started gymnastics so young, coming back this season was fairly easy. Gymnastics is all about muscle memory, something that has been engrained in me since childhood,” Murphy said.

Although Murphy is not a captain this year, her teammates really appreciate her work ethic and guidance during practices.

“Kennedy is a very talented gymnast and pushes other teammates to compete with her and get better which makes the whole team stronger and more motivated,” teammate Madi George said.

Beyond motivating others, she also helps younger teammates train in hopes of them qualifying for post season meets. Her incomparable experience and willingness to spend after hours mentoring others showcase her commitment.

“Kennedy is always going full out at practice and has a positive attitude both at practice and meets. She is a very advanced gymnast and makes practice enjoyable. Above all, she is lots of fun to be around,” Sophomore Kelly Medzegian said.

Be sure to support our Wolverine Gymnasts this year and keep a special eye out for Murphy’s supportive and aweing talent!