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Fort Knox - High School Powerlifting Team Sets Sights on Oklahoma City

by Ashyln Koonce

The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | March 29, 2013

After many hours of practice, the Fort Knox High School powerlifting team will make an 11 hour drive to Oklahoma City April 5 in order to participate in the Natural Athlete Strength Association National Championship.Thirteen members of Fort Knox High School will be participating in Unequipped, power sports and power press events. In the unequipped event, each student must participate in the squat, bench and dead lift division. In power sports, they must participate in power clean, bench, curl and dead lift. Finally, each student has to power clean and bench in the power press event.Jayci Gomes, Kariel Hernandez Fabiola Martinez, Gianna Darnell, Mollie Knight, Haley Fluharty, Queen-Ayanna Sullivan, Navi Valdez, Ashlee Kohler, Christina Rice, and De'My'Ja Holmes are among the hundreds of students attending NASA. Adam Kiphuth and Vano Valdez will attend NASA and represent the boys' powerlifting team from Fort Knox High School.After three years of powerlifting, senior De'My'Ja Holmes has bittersweet feelings about attending NASA. "This is my last year, and it is hard knowing that I won't be here with my team, but I am confident that Haley Fluharty and Christina Rice will lead the team in the right direction when I graduate." Holmes has ranked No. 1 in the nation in unequipped and power sports and has won her weight class division the past two years in a row. Along with these accomplishments she has won "Best Female Powerlifter" at every meet and has won state overall. At NASA, Holmes hopes to continue her success.

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