Elite Tumbler, Maggie Schutte, Makes All-Star National Team
Maggie Schutte, current senior at Quincy Senior High School (QHS), has been a long-time fixture on Gem City’s tumbling team. She’s been a leader through her consistent hard work and willingness to help other athletes. In April, Schutte was awarded the USTA Southern Illinois graduating Senior Scholarship Award at the Southern Illinois State Championship and made the All-Star National Team.
When she was eight years old, Schutte began competing as Sub-Novice 10 years ago. She became Advanced in 2014 and Junior Elite in 2017. In 2014, Maggie won 1st at AAU Junior Olympics. In 2016, she placed 2nd at USTA National Championships. She also placed 2nd at Nationals in 2017. Maggie credits her success to the sport of tumbling.
A Well-Rounded Athlete
Tumbling isn’t Schutte’s only sport, however. At QHS, Schutte is a varsity cheerleader for football, soccer, and basketball. She also holds five school records for QHS Track and Field. She qualified for the Illinois High School Association State meet in 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, triple jump, and pole-vault. Schutte placed 3rd in 300-meter hurdles and 9th in pole-vault at State.
Off the Field
Outside of athletics, Schutte has been dancing since she was three years old. Last winter she was the Sugar Plum Fairly in the Nutcracker Ballet. Along with those activities, Schutte is also involved in Beta Club and National Honor Society. She has been on high honor roll since her freshman year.
Schutte plans to attend college in the fall, where she will major in biology. She hopes to continue to keep tumbling in her life by coaching in the future. Schutte is the daughter of Jeff and Tracy Schutte.