Senior Shannon Kawada is from a one-parent family in Gardena and had to earn her way via gymnastics to a college scholarship. She was recruited by Coach Jill Hicks via the internet and was invited to "walk on" the Cal State Fullerton team only if she was able to advance her skill level. After a successful freshman season on three events, she earned a scholarship which enabled her to remain in college and continue toward fulfilling her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. This is Shannon's story.

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