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Gail HodgesSchool: Atholton High School.Hometown: Fulton.Age: 18.Sports...


Gail Hodges

School: Atholton High School.

Hometown: Fulton.

Age: 18.

Sports have always played a big part in Gail's life. This year, she led the school's cross country team, which won the regional championship, as well as the school's indoor track team.

While she enjoys running, outside of school she's well known for her other sport: jumping rope. She's reigned as the Canadian Open Double Dutch Champion and the Maryland Double Dutch Champion. She placed seventh in the World Double Dutch competition and was a runner-up in the Eastern Regional All-Around Competition.

She's a longtime member and youth coach of the Kangaroo Kids, a precision jump-rope organization that has been invited to perform in the opening ceremony of this summer's Goodwill Games in Russia.

She's also involved with community activities such as the Columbia Arts Festival; Operation D.A.R.E., a drug abuse prevention program for youngsters; Project PROMise; Special Olympics; Christmas in April; and area soup kitchens.

In school, she works as a freshman orientation leader as well as a peer tutor. She belongs to the Student Government Association executive board and the National Honor Society as well as other organizations.

She's been named a Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalist, an IBM Watson Scholar semifinalist, a Century III Leader Scholarship finalist and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar semifinalist, among other honors.

Plans: She will enter Princeton University in the fall to study English, although she wants to pursue business in graduate school.

Comments: "You have to learn to be prepared," she says. "The world is coming. It's knocking at your door. Know where you're going."

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