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December 2, 2009
Submitted by Steve and Harriet Harris
News about Brittary Harris and her most recent gymnastics success
We are humbled and happy to inform you that on Thursday, November 12, 2009, Union High School student, Brittany Harris, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Oregon State University on a full scholarship. She will be a Beaver Fall 2010. We sincerely appreciate Union High School and Union's Communications Department for the part you've played to inspire Brittany to be the best student/athlete she can be for the state of Oklahoma.
Brittany would not have made it to this point without a strong commitment to hard work and the love, prayers and support of family, friends, and the entire Union School District Family.. It takes a team to build a dream. So with that being said, Brittany's victory is Union's victory too and that's why we could not let this special moment go by without saying, THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to YOU (Union High School District).
Its a blessing to have Union Media Friends who care so much about your life, goals and dreams that they take time out to share your story and accomplishments with the people in the city and state where you were born and raised.
Brittany Haris Winnning the Balance Bean and Floor Exercise at Williams Center Santa Invitational Meet on the Campus of the University of Arkansas
NBA and Olympic Champion Dwyane Wade and OK State Gymnastics Champion Brittany Harris at the Thunder and Heat Game on 10-14-09 at the BOK Center.
American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks and OK State Gymnastics Champion Brittany Harris after the Britney Spears and Jordin Sparks BOK Center Concert 9-09
CORVALLIS - Three highly sought after gymnasts signed National Letters of Intent to compete at Oregon State beginning in 2010-11 head gymnastics coach Tanya Chaplin announced Friday.
The 2010 recruiting class consists of Brittany Harris (Broken Arrow, Okla./Krafft Gymnastics Academy), Britney Ranzy (Chesapeake, Va./Excalibur Gymnastics) and Amanda Schulberg (Henderson, Nev./Gymcats).
"I am excited to officially welcome these three young women to our gymnastics program," Chaplin said "Enthusiastic, dynamic, and determined are a few words that describe this recruiting class. They are a talented and accomplished group of athletes that will make an immediate impact on our team."
Brittany Harris, the daughter of Harriet and Steve Harris, a former NBA player, has found great success at the Junior Olympic National Championships throughout her career. In 2009, she finished sixth in the all-around and fourth on the uneven bars at the Junior Olympic Championships and in 2008 she finished 10th in the all-around. Harris trains at Krafft Gymnastics Academy under coaches Kristi Krafft and Tony Pineda, a former teammate of OSU associate head coach Michael Chaplin at UCLA. Watch Harris on YouTube.
"There were a lot of factors that drew me to Oregon State, the coaches, gymnasts and school pride were very notable to me," Harris said. "The coaches always have a great attitude and made me feel like I was at home. The team chemistry is incredible and they act as one family shooting for the same goal. I can't wait to join that Beaver family. I fell in love with the campus the moment I arrived and I really love that the whole town supports the school."
2009-10 Oregon State Gymnastics NLI Signees
* Brittany Harris - (Broken Arrow, Okla. / Union HS / Krafft Gymnastics Academy)
* Britney Ranzy - (Chesapeake, Va. / A Beka Academy / Excalibur Gymnastics)
* Amanda Schulberg - (Henderson, Nev. / Foothill HS / Gymcats)
Brittany Harris Gymnastics Accomplishments
Brittany Harris is a 17 year old senior at Union High School and she studies Sports Medicine at Tulsa Technology Center. She is the daughter of Harriet and Steve Harris. Steve (Silk) Harris is a T. U. Hall of Fame Member and a former NBA Basketball Player.
Brittany is USA Gymnastics 2008 and 2009 Oklahoma All-Around State Champion. She is also the 2008 and 2009 Vault, Floor and Un-Even Bars State Champion. She won the gold medal on the Balance Beam in 2008 and the silver medal on the Balance Beam in 2009. She has successfully represented the city of Tulsa, the state of Oklahoma, Krafft Academy of Gymnastics and Union High School in USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships 6 years in a row. Brittany is presently recognized as one of the top gymnast in the nation. She is ranked 6 in the nation in the All Around and 4th in the nation on the Un-Even Bars. She made Oklahoma's All-State Gymnastics Team 10 times in 11 years and is a serious contender for the coveted 2010 Shannon Miller Award.
Training: Brittany trains year round at Krafft Academy of Gymnastics in Tulsa, Oklahoma under the watchful eye of her prolific coaches Kristi Krafft and former Olympian, Tony Pineda. She practices 6 day's a week, 4 to 6 hours a day to stay competition ready. Brittany competes at Level 10 which means she is one level away from being an Elite gymnast. Elite gymnast qualify to compete for a spot on the United States Olympic Team and that is Brittany's ultimate dream.
Junior Olympic Success: Brittany is the only gymnast from the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma to make the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Region 3 Junior Olympic National Team in her division and she's one of only 7 gymnast throughout the entire state of Oklahoma to qualify to compete in the 2009 Junior Olympics in Seattle, Washington.
Brittany has accomplished what very few gymnast in the history of Oklahoma Gymnastics and USAG's Junior Olympic Nationals Championships has been able to do. She qualified to compete and represent the state of Oklahoma in the Junior Olympics 6 years in a row and has improved her national ranking each year since 2004. If she earns a spot on Region 3's 2010 National Team it will mark her 7th Consecutive and FINAL TRIP to the Junior Olympic National Championships before moving on to college level competition.
Brittany Harris started her gymnastics career at Tulsa World of Gymnastics under the leadership of Wayne and Linda Bradshaw when she was three years old. She was a member of Tulsa World of Gymnastics from 1995 - 2001. As a TWOG Gymnast she won her first State Championship Title when she was 8 years old as a Level 7 Gymnast. In 2001 (at age 9), she was the only gymnast from the state of Oklahoma to qualify for USAG's TOP (Talent Opportunity Program) National Team. The TOP Program is designed to discover young talented gymnast with the potential of being National, World and Olympic Champions. On June 17, 2002, Brittany joined Krafft Academy of Gymnastics to study gymnastics under the leadership of Kristi Krafft, John Luke Carion, Kerri Haynie and Tony Pineda.
Colleges and Universities:
Brittany, has been highly recruited by major colleges and universities throughout the nation. The following Universities showed strong interest in recruiting Brittany: Oregon State University, The University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, The University of Maryland, Arizona State University, The University of Pittsburgh, The University of Minnesota, The University of Missouri, The University of Arkansas, San Jose State University, The University of Virginia, California State University, the University of Illinois, Sacramento State University, Central Michigan University, and many more.