Northeast Gymnastics Academy Team Volunteers at Special Olympics

Special Olympics 2013HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Northeast Gymnastics Academy Team continued its relationship with the Special Olympics by recently volunteering at the gymnastics summer games at the University Park campus of Penn State University.

Northeast Gymnastics Academy Team members have worked with the Special Olympics for several years and have built strong bonds with Special Olympic athletes. These athletes come from all over Pennsylvania to compete.  The Northeast Academy gymnasts encouraged and cheered on the Special Olympic participants.  Coach Lori Dexter commends her gymnasts for participating.  “I’m proud of my gymnasts for getting involved in this extraordinary event.  Serving others is a rewarding experience.”

Photo caption:  (NGA  Gym Special Olympics 2013.jpg) NGA Team members participating.  Shown, from left are: Gianna Plaksa, Paige Parsnik, Tabby Schwab, Megan Sebastianelli, Sierra Williams, Melissa Hollrigl, Emily Carey, Alexis Scotti, and Sydney Williams.

Founded 2010, Northeast Gymnastics Athletic Association (NGAAA) provides support for the amateur athletic competitive programs of Northeast Gymnastics Academy, which compete under the governance of the United States Association of Gymnastics (USAG).

To view information on the Northeast Gymnastics Academy Team, please visit

NGAAA Team Fundraiser – “Chalked Up For Cancer”

Help our NGA Team in raising funds for women with Breast Cancer!

Order your t-shirt today! Only $16.00 each

Order form with payment can be turned in to the NGA Team office
on or before Monday, February 4, 2013

Donations will be contributed on behalf of the NGA Team at the Pink Invitational meet on February 22–24.



Contact: Pam Parsnik

January 30, 2013

Northeast Gymnastics Academy Athletic Association
Hanover Township, PA 18708
Cell: 570-881-4325

Northeast Gymnastics Academy Team to sell “Chalked Up For Cancer” T-Shirt as a Fundraiser for the 2013 Pink Invitational Meet  

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Northeast Gymnastics Academy Team has signed up for the “Above & Beyond” Team Challenge at th­e 2013 Pink Invitational Meet to be held in Philadelphia on February 22 – 24, 2013.  The Challenge provides teams the opportunity to unite in raising funds for women with breast cancer above the usual entry and associated meet fees.

The team designed and is selling their own gymnastics t-shirt as a fundraiser to support “Unite for HER”.  T-shirt orders will continue to be accepted through February 4, 2013.  The t-shirts cost only $16, with the proceeds supporting the “Unite for Her” organization.  To place an order, contact  To view the t-shirt, please visit

Last year, 38 teams took the “Above & Beyond” Team Challenge and donated over $75,000.  “We love to participate as a part of the greater gymnastics community,” says Northeast Gymnastics Head Coach Lori Dexter.  “The event is truly inspiring and actually raises money that goes directly to a credible organization like Unite for Her

Photo caption:  (NGA  Gym Cancer Fundraiser 1.30.2013.jpg) NGA Team members showing posters of t-shirt sale.  Shown, from left, Row 1 are: Paige Parsnik, Elena Lagoski, Cortlyn Raynes, and Kirah Koshinski; from left Row 2: Christina Slack, Sophie Polgar, Sydney Williams, and Alexis Spaciano.

Founded 2010, Northeast Gymnastics Athletic Association (NGAAA) provides support for the amateur athletic competitive programs of Northeast Gymnastics Academy, which compete under the governance of the United States Association of Gymnastics (USAG).


Trio earns national honors

JIMMY FISHER, Times Leader Correspondent

May 28, 2012

Kirah Koshinski, of the Northeast Gymnastics Academy, won a national championship in vaulting at the Level 10 National Championship in Hampton, Va., earlier this month.

Three students from Northeast Gymnastics Academy recently competed in national championships. From left are Kirah Koshinski, Elena Lagoski and Paige Parsnik.

The 15-year-old from Central Columbia High School also placed second in floor exercises,earningan overall placing of 11th.

Because of her showing, she was selected to compete in an international competition in Germany in November.

Competing in the competition along with Koshinski was Elena Lagoski, a 16-year-old from Wyoming Valley West.

A third member of the Northeast Gymnastics, Paige Parsnik competed in the Level Nine Eastern National Championship in Landover, Md. Parsnik is a 14-year-old student at Solomon Plains Junior High School.

The events competed in were vault, uneven bars, balance beams and floor exercise.

Lagoski placed second on floor exercises as well and finishing 17th overall, while Parsnik finished 13th overall at her event.

Lagoski has been a member of the academy dating back to her days as an infant in “Mommy & Me” classes, while Koshinski has been a member for six years and Parsnick for eight.

The girls were accompanied to their competitions by assistant trainer Laurie Dexter.

Dexter, 46, said this was the first year for Parsnik and Koshinski in the national spotlight, and the second year for Lagoski.

She said that in order to qualify for these events, the students participate in competitions throughout the entire year.

“They participate in six or seven invitational competitions and try to get certain scores to advance to state competitions,” said Dexter. “If they can get a certain score at state’s they are then qualified to move on to regional competitions and so on. After that they select six competitors for Level Nine Nationals and seven for Level 10 Nationals.”

Dexter said that the national competition is broken into eight regions of states throughout the country, and her girls represented the region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. They teamed with fellow competitors from these respective states.

Dexter was very happy with the outcome of the events, but was happier with the effort of her students.

“I’m extremely proud of them,” Dexter said. “They have such passion for what they do and they worked very hard. They did everything they could have done and did a great job, but most importantly they had a fun time.”

Dexter has been a trainer at Northeast Gymnastics Academy for 17 years, and they’ve had students participate for national titles for the past 10

years. She said their goal is to get more students to compete every year.

“Our goal is to try and get these kids opportunities to compete at high levels,” said Dexter. “(Compete) regionally, nationally, internationally, and maybe get college scholarships out of it.”

The Northeast Gymnastics Academy’s students have had great success in the past, including a two-time National Vault Champion in 2008 and 2009 in former student Lauren Rogers. Dexter said they have had students f

inish top 10 in nationals and had students receive gymnastics scholarships by colleges such as LSU and West Virginia.

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