By Kate Guerra
Though they love gymnastics, most young gymnasts see school as a nice break from the long hours of training. Miya Dotson, however, feels the opposite.
“Gymnastics is my sanctuary,” Dotson said. “School stresses me out!”
Dotson is a 16 year-old self-proclaimed “girly girl” who trains at Oakland Gymnastics in Walled Lake, Mich. She has been there for almost two years and has been with coach Ruth Miller for most of that time. She started gymnastics when she was nine and moved to Northville, Mich., from Georgia. She converted to gymnastics from dance lessons when she insisted on how much she hated them.
Dotson qualified for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup at the Presidential Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where she was third in the all-around and fourth on the uneven bars.
A junior at Northville High School, Dotson has verbally committed to Western Michigan University. She feels her greatest strength is her confident attitude, but admits it is challenging to retain that confidence all the time. She wants to get her undergraduate degree in business and eventually go to law school.