Haley Ellis signs with the University of Oregon
STURGIS, S.D. – This is an exciting time of year for many high school seniors as they decide where to continue their athletic careers.
Haley Ellis from Summerset put pen to paper on Monday and decided to take her talents to the Division I level.
Ellis signed a letter of intent to compete in acrobatics and tumbling at the University of Oregon.
The signing ceremony was held at the Northern Hills Gymnastics Academy in Sturgis.
Acrobatics and tumbling is relatively new with only 36 schools across the country offering the sport.
Acrobatics and tumbling is the evolution of different disciplines of gymnastics which includes the athletic aspects of competitive cheerleading.
Ellis, who is a senior at Rapid City Stevens, has been involved in gymnastics since she was two -years old.
The Level 10 gymnasts said it’s always been a goal for her to compete at the Division I level.
“After reaching out to a few schools for gymnastics, I actually thought I had found a spot in Wisconsin,” Haley Ellis said. “Then everything was kind of weird with Covid. So immediately I reached out to Oregon again because it had always been on my mind. So when the coach offered me a spot, it felt like the right thing to do and I couldn’t be more excited so.”