Makayla Betz will be in the ninth grade this fall at Fort Herriman Middle School in Herriman, Utah. Betz took her first gymnastics class nine years ago and has been competing for the past seven.
Betz was a level 4 state champion in 2003, a level 6 state champion in 2004, and she advanced to level 8 in 2005, when she qualified for the Regionals. She moved to level 9 in 2008, when she qualified for Western Nationals, and this year she finished in fifth place in the all-around.
She has a 23.8-inch vertical jump without a step, and 24.6 inches with a step. Betz maintained a 4.0 GPA last year while taking advanced math and Spanish courses, has been accepted into the Junior National Honor Society and is active with the Humane Society of Utah. Betz represents the Olympus School of Gymnastics in Sandy, Utah.