Senior Spotlight: Ashton Bare

Dimond Senior Ashton Bare was the captain of Dimond’s gymnastics team her senior year. “I did gymnastics for 14 years,” Bare said. She was on Dimond’s team for all four of her high school years. Three of the four years Bare was on the gymnastics team, the team got second place in Regions. In her junior year, the team had a sad loss to Chugiak and South, giving Dimond third place. Bare received a varsity letter all four years that she participated in gymnastics. Freshman Lauren Gaither said, “I think [Ashton and I] met through gymnastics. I was really friendly and I was just like ‘Oh hi, I’m Lauren’ and we just became really good friends.” Gaither said, “Gymnastics was really fun and Ashton was like my role model. She pushed me and she was my motivation to be a better gymnast.” Bare has enjoyed gymnastics and “would definitely do gymnastics next year if I was not graduating.” Bare said, “I got MVP for gymnastics and I won a state title in cheerleading.” When Bare was a freshman she was on the JV softball team. As a sophomore, she varsity lettered in competition cheer. “I did one competition [for competition cheer] my senior year, Bare said. “I regret not doing cheerleading every year.” Bare said she may do cheerleading in college. “I’m attending UAA,” Bare said. “I’m majoring in accounting and finance, and minoring in business,” said Bare. She is living with her parents while going to UAA. “I’m graduating with honors,” Bare said. “I’m satisfied with my grades. A 3.5 grade point average is good for me.” Bare has early dismissal and leaves school after fourth hour. She said she pretty much just works after school. “I work at Arctic Gymnastics where I work with after school kids.” Bare’s favorite class in high school was “flag football, which I took every year except my senior year. “[Flag football] was fun for me because I could go out and play a sport. I would have loved to play [flag football] as a high school sport, but it interfered with gymnastics.”