Elite gymnast takes top of podium at state meet

Milleigh Aton and Coach Alyssa Price. Aton took first place All-Around in Level 1, Group C at the state championships.  Aton took first place on the floor exercise and second on beam to clinch the All-Around title.

Milleigh Aton won All-Around State Champion in Level 1-Division C at the Women’s Jr. Olympics in Westwego March 6-7. Aton, 6, is a Level 1 gymnast from Elite Cheer-Nastics, coached by Alyssa Palmer Price and Sonja M. Palmer.

In the Thursday, April 1, 2021, print edition

She began gymnastics at age 5, is an amazing athlete and loves gymnastics. Aton began with the tumble bears class at ECN. Her mother is a legacy to the program, facility and family. Alyssa Palmer stated, “I knew she had a chance to win state. I am so happy for ‘Mills.’ She is such a hard worker and I love coaching her.”

Azylea Allen and Gracelyn Leone, Level 2 state qualifiers. 

Elite Cheer-Nastics had five girls qualify for state. Each year, there is a qualifying score that must be met. ECN’s standard for qualifying is higher than the state’s requirement since it is a higher level of competition. Lilly Boyd, 11, placed second on beam. She is a Level 4 gymnast that has been in the ECN program since age 5.

Lillie Boyd, Level 4 state qualifier, won second place on beam.

Level 2 gymnasts also qualifying for the state competition are Azylea Allen, Gracelynn Leone and Norah McGrath.

Submitted by Kelly Lambert