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High School Athlete of the Week: Ayanna Fossum

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Dickinson High junior Ayanna Fossum performs on the balance beam during the 2019 N.D. High School State Gymnastics Meet on Saturday, Feb. 23, from the Jerry Meyer Arena at Jamestown High School. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)3 / 6
Dickinson High junior Ayanna Fossum performs on the balance neam during the WDA Championships on Friday, Feb. 15, from the Minot Gymagic Center. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)4 / 6
Dickinson High junior Ayanna Fossum prepares for a pass on the floor exercise during the 2019 N.D. High School State Gymnastics Meet on Saturday, Feb. 23, from the Jerry Meyer Arena at Jamestown High School. 5 / 6
Dickinson High junior Ayanna Fossum performs on the floor exercise while her teammates raise their arms in the air during the NDHSAA State Gymnastics Championships on Friday, Feb. 22, from the Jerry Meyer Arena at Jamestown High School. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)6 / 6

Ayanna Fossum, a junior on the Dickinson High gymnastics team, won her first career state all-around title at the North Dakota High School State Gymnastics Individual competition. Compiling an overall score of 37.917, the junior captured a state title in the vault and successfully defended her state title on the floor, winning the event for the third straight season. One night earlier, Fossum helped the Midgets take their fourth consecutive state team title, as Dickinson posted an overall mark of 146.084.

DP: What have the days been like after winning the state all-around?

AF: "The days after winning the state all-around have been not stressful. I've been relaxing and I've been taking a break because of my shins."

DP: What does it mean to be a part of a team that has won four state championships?

AF: "To be a part of a team that has won four straight championships just shows dedication and hard work to me."

DP: Who have been some of the people that have contacted you since winning the meet?

AF: "(The) people that have contacted me, a lot of family members, a lot of ex-gymnasts and my sister, too."

DP: Who is your funniest teammate?

AF: "My funniest teammate, since Meghan (Ackerman) gave me a shoutout, I think I'm going to have to give Meghan the shoutout and say that she's probably the funniest."

DP: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?

AF: "My favorite athlete growing up was probably Aly Raisman."

DP: What is the best tv show or movie that you've watched recently?

AF: "The best series that I've watched on TV is probably Grey's Anatomy. That'll always be my favorite."

DP: Snapchat or Instagram?

AF: "I'd have to go with Snapchat."

DP: Country Music or Hip-Hop?

AF: "Hip-hop."

DP: When eating a meal, what is most satisfying: the first bite or last bite?

AF: "Probably the first bite."

DP: Are you a good dancer or a bad dancer?

AF: "I'd like to think that I'm a good dancer, but I don't really think I am."

DP: Gymnastics or any other sport?

AF: "I'd have to pick gymnastics just because it's the only thing that I do."

DP: Coke or Pepsi?

AF: "Honestly, neither, but if I had to pick one, I'd probably pick Coke."

DP: Who is a better gymnast: you or your older sister, Acacia Fossum?

AF: "I mean, I'd have to go with my sister, probably (laughs)."

DP: What is your first sports memory?

AF: "My first sports memory is probably when I was like five years old, I made the TOPs team. And I was like the littlest one on the team. I remember going to the first day of practice and I was so scared of everyone cause they were bigger than me. My coach couldn't even understand me cause I was just this little five-year-old."

Patrick Bernadeau

Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at pbernadeau@thedickinsonpress.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.

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