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Local gymnast performing with troupe on 'America's Got Talent'

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12:00 PM EDT, August 30, 2011

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Abby Trader, 22, of Anneslie, used to perform in competitions as a member of the Rebounders Gymnastics Club in Timonium.

This week, though, the University of Maryland student and daughter of Anneslie residents Chuck and Miriam Trader is performing on a slightly larger stage — on national television as a member of the Gymkana team on the NBC television show "America's Got Talent." And the stakes are slightly higher: $1 million.

Gymkana was slated to be one of 12 acts competing on the talent show on Tuesday, Aug. 29. After that performance, votes from viewers via phone and the Internet would determine if the team made it into the top 10 round. The decision was scheduled to be announced on the show Wednesday night, Aug. 31.

Trader is a graduate of Roland Park Country School. After competing as a Level 9 gymnast and training at Rebounders, she is currently attending the University of Maryland, where she joined Gymkana.

Based at the university's School of Public Health, the troupe is known for performing at athletic and campus events in routines that combine gymnastics and acrobatics. The group also performs for elementary, middle and high school students in Maryland, Washington and Virginia, and mentors children ages 5 to 16 through classes and summer camps.