Grace Kennedy, daughter of Keith and Trish Kennedy of Traer, won State Vault Champion at the Iowa Compulsory Gymnastics State Championships on December 11, 2016, at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo, Iowa. Training in a Junior Olympics program at Black Hawk Gymnastics in Waterloo, Grace competes in all four gymnastics events: uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and vault. She earned a 9.75 to win State Vault Champion and scored a 9.35 or higher in her other three events. This is the second year Grace has won Vault Champion at the state competition. Grace had a successful fall competition season winning All Around multiple times and having never scored below a 9.1 in any event. Grace is in the fourth grade at North Tama.
Grace Kennedy, of Traer, is pictured here on the podium (center, in purple) after receiving the top prize as State Vault Champion.