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Jessica Howard

Class of 2015· Disciplines(s): Rhythmic· Inducted as: Athlete

Howard won three consecutive U.S. rhythmic all-around titles from 1999-2001. In addition, she won 12 individual event national titles as a senior, including a sweep of all four apparatus in 2000.

On the international stage, Howard won the ball title and finished second in the all-around and ribbon competitions at the 1999 Pan American Games. She also was a member of the U.S. Team for the 1999 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. At the 2001 World Games, she recorded top-eight finishes in all four events. At the 2002 Pacific Alliance Championships, she helped Team USA to the gold medal and took individual medals in the all-around (silver), clubs (silver), hoop (silver), and rope (bronze).

Efrossina Anguelova trained Howard at International Rhythmic Gymnastics in Jacksonville, Fla. She retired from competition in 2003 and served on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors as an athlete representative for six years. Howard performed on Broadway and toured, as well as worked as a talk radio producer for WABC before founding Ballet Extensions., which helps students achieve flexibility and strength to meet the physical demands of dance.

Today, Howard is a stretch and conditioning specialist for several organizations in New York City, including Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Steps, Complexions, Premiere Academy, and Ellison Ballet.