High School Athlete of the Week: Ayanna Fossum
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?
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."