WACO (June 14, 2012) -- It's never an easy task to balance school and sports.
For gymnast Kaelyn Cowan, it's become a routine.
"Midway has worked a lot with me so I get to get out earlier than most kids but also I do have the homework and everything, said 16 year-old gymnast Kaelyn Cowan. "I'm up pretty late at night and I don't get to hang out with all my friends like normal people do during the week and on the weekends but I like making that sacrifice for gymnastics."
The sacrifice has allowed Cowan to be a 4.0 student at Midway and become a level 10 gymnast. What exactly is a level 10 gymnast?
"You start at level two. And so, usually it's a level per year but you work all the way up till level 10, said Zero Gravity co-owner and Kaelyn's mother Tracy Cowan. "So, you can imagine you typically starting on team at about an age six, sometimes even age four now as a level 2. And they keep going through the process with level 10 being the last level in the Junior Olympic program."
"Level 10 is the highest you can go, so I've been training for this my whole life and I'm about to start my third year," said Kaelyn Cowan.
Cowan is the only level 10 gymnast in Central Texas. She went on to qualify and compete at the level 10 Junior Olympic nationals earlier this year.
"I think that was one of my goals for my entire life and was one of my greatest achievements," said Kaelyn Cowan. My team won at the Junior Olympic tournament for gymnastics and that was awesome."
"All that coming together this year and being able to make the team, there were so many emotions," said Tracy Cowan. "As a mom, you know, as soon as her last event's over you kind of take that coaching hat, you put the mom hat on, it can be overwhelming emotionally."
For the future, Cowan is hoping to get a scholarship to college for gymnastics.