Published Jan. 27, 2021
By KEA YENGST
Carmel High junior Colleen Cordell has been able to give back by volunteering with the National Charity League and other independent community service opportunities, all while adjusting and managing her gymnastics practice schedule to keep up with coronavirus regulations.
Cordell has developed her passion for competitive gymnastics since the age of 5, competing in both regional and statewide competitions, including the NorCal Women’s Gymnastics Invitational and regional competitions. As a Level 10 competitive gymnast, the highest level for those involved with the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics Program, she competes in all four competitive events, including the floor, bars, beam and vault.
The junior has witnessed an abrupt shift in her normal practice routines since the pandemic, reducing her weekly practice length from 21 hours to 16 hours. She also had to abruptly begin training at a new location, Rising Star Gymnastics in Monterey, due to her former gymnasium in Salinas shutting down.
Alongside Cordell’s competitive gymnastics training and conditioning, she has been able to give back to the community with NCL, a non-profit organization designed to help mothers and daughters engage in local community service projects.
“I do a lot of community service through NCL,” Cordell says. “It’s really fun, and during this time with the pandemic, a lot of our service is donation-based.”
With the help of co-leaders of the CHS Link Crew, Cordell has also used her leadership abilities to help freshmen transition to high school despite a lack of in-person experiences.
“I think it went well despite being different from previous years,” Cordell says. “I really liked my Link Crew leaders when I was freshman, so I wanted to build that same relationship.”
Outside of her volunteer work and gymnastics, Cordell enjoys watching episodes of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and NBC’s “The Good Place” during her down time.