SC Whitmore School Junior is First Male Gymnast from South Carolina to Ever Compete in US National Championship

Columbia, SC - Zachary English, a high school junior at SC Whitmore School (SCWS), will be competing in the US National Championships for gymnastics. English will be the first ever male South Carolina resident to compete in the Junior Elite Division. The competition will take place in early August in Kansas City.

In addition to qualifying for the U.S. Nationals, English won a medal at this year’s Junior Olympic Nationals in Nevada. He will go on to join the Region 8 Elite Team Training Camp this summer and will travel with the team to practice alongside the Italian Junior National Team in Italy.

English is not only an outstanding gymnast, but exceeds academically at SCWS. He maintains a high GPA, progresses in all of his courses, and has formed lasting relationships with his peers and teachers at SCWS. English reaches out to counselors and teachers when needed to make sure that he stays engaged with his curriculum while also advancing his gymnastics career.

“Zach is just as awesome a student as he is an athlete," said English’s government teacher, Ashley Cannon. "He manages to complete his work to mastery level while still spending a lot of time competing and training. I am so proud of him."

English is a resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Founded in 2011, SCWS is a tuition-free virtual public charter school offering a personalized mastery-based academic environment to students who don’t fit the traditional brick and mortar environment. For more information visit:

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