Rudder Ranger signs on with West Point Gymnastics
In the gymnastics building at Rudder High School, there is a sign that reads "Pride is Forever."
Pride is part of what has gotten Tim Fletcher to the top of his sport, and will carry him to the banks of the Hudson River.
“It can be tough at times, but this is what I wanted to do," Fletcher said.
The Senior Ranger gymnast has just accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
“I can thrive there and I think I’ll come out a better person," Fletcher said.
He'll not only be a cadet, but a member of the gymnastics team.
“Getting that call from west point and having them ask about gymnastics was really a dream come true so it was almost like the best of both worlds. I’ve got the military and I get to do gymnastics in college," Fletcher said.
Coached by his father J.T., the younger Fletcher is an 11-time individual state champion, just three shy of the state record. He has also helped Rudder take home two team titles during his time on campus, including last season.
While it can be hard to think about his exciting and promising future, Fletcher says that there is still business to tend to in Bryan.
“I’m trying to a be a leader as much as possible, trying to show these guys how to work hard and how to work smart so I think a team championship would be my biggest goal right now," Fletcher said.
After all, there is pride at stake.