Owner Carolyn Garrison's remarks from End of Season Banquet:
"Last year I was given this necklace by several parents in the program. It has one stone for each squad we had our last year as NMEC. I have worn this necklace every day since they gave it to me. As a symbol of where we started, as a guiding force of who we are, and as a testament to how we began.
Every competition before the kids took the floor I would hold my necklace and pray that our kids showed what they were made of. It's surreal to say that our first competition -- when we literally swept the event and earned our first two summit bids-- that I was blown away at what we presented. The work these kids achieved, the levels to which they grew, to see the mastery of their skill was awesome!
Success can be defined in many ways; on a scoreboard, on a podium, through struggles, through defeat, through challenges and through expectations. This season we've experienced all of the above. And we've had real, measurable success by our industry standards by winning national championships.
I am blessed to say I could stand up here all night and list and expand on our achievements tonight and list all of the successes received as a gym. But I'm going to leave that to the coaches who guided each team throughout the season.
For me I'm focusing on the program. As a program we grew from 80 full year athletes last year to 106 this year. We grew from 20 to half year kids to 46 - 1 school squad to 10...We grew from one national championship to eight. To summit bids, to four…6 squads to 7, started two brand new levels of 4.2 and restricted 5 - we have absolutely have broken through in Atlanta..we sat on a mission as a coaching staff to be the best rockstar location of them all. I believe we are on that path."
Volunteer of the year …
This is not an easy award to give. We look for someone who not only volunteers to help their athlete or their squad, to someone who steps up and helps the program and it's entirety. This year's award-winner will always hold a special place in my heart. She and I… And this program… Have been together since basically the beginning… She has pushed us, complemented us, championed us, and with every turn she is always about the program. This year I am so very proud to award our most valuable parent to Michele King. You have made all of our lives better… You have made all of our athletes look better through your hair tutorial and make up tutorials. You have made our banquet look better with your leadership and attention to detail… You have made your coaches look better by taking the stress off and organizing behind the scenes… You have made all of us better.
Coach of the year ...
As many of you know I'm not an owner that strives to be in the limelight. I preferred to be behind the scenes orchestrating and supporting the people who stand before you. In the beginning tonight I told you that I believe success is measured in many different forms. So for coach of the year while it's easy for me to see the successes we've had on paper, the true success lies in the concept of teamwork that we preach every day. So my coach of the year is quite arguably my entire coaching staff.
The staff has stepped up and shocked all of Rockstar. When we first became Rockstar, I received a lot of advice on how to manage staff in the coming year. But I followed my gut instincts ... and they stepped up. They listened, they absorbed, they implemented, they fell down, they picked each other up, they pushed, they expected more, they crossed over, they sacrificed, they work more hours and an all-star season taking very little personal time, they are the definition of the commitment level they ask out of your kids. I am so blessed they embrace the concept of this journey and we all stand here tonight beneficiaries of their leadership.
As we move into the final weeks leading up to SUMMIT, here is a compilation of our season's stats:
8 National Championship titles
8 Grand Champions
21 - 1st place finishes
13 - 2nd place finishes
9 - 3rd place finishes
4 - Bids to Summit (fingers crossed for more)
3 - Bids to US Finals
5 - Bids to ISC Championships
1 - Bid to The One Finals
What an amazing season!
Congratulations to all of our teams, their dedicated coaches, our unbelievable athletes and all of the family and friends who support all of us while we do what we do!
We are so proud to be with the band!! 💜🤘🏻🎸