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Senior Profile: Alexis Link

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Daniel Kim, sports writer

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As the referee signals halftime, the varsity pommies, arranged in a line, march onto the turf with warm smiles. With every choreographed kick and turn, thousand who pack the stands roar with excitement. In the middle of the dancers stands Alexis Link, who, in the moment, is doing what she loves.

As a part of the Kirkwood dance team, Alexis said she feels deeply rooted in Kirkwood tradition because the pommies participate in events such as the Greentree parade and the Turkey Day. However, she didn’t grew up calling Kirkwood her home. Instead, she spent most of her childhood in Naples, a town located at southern tip of Florida, adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico.

Alexis’s favorite activities were going to the beach and kayaking with her friends. But during freshman year, she received news from her father. He found a new job in St. Louis, so her family would be moving 1,200 miles to Kirkwood.

Alexis said KHS intimidated her at first. In fact, she moved into her new house a day before school resumes. But she credits her peers and teachers, such as Randy Kriewall, for helping her adjust to KHS. Kriewall however attributes her success to her open personality.

“Simply, Alexis is a likable person,” Kriewall said. “She works hard, she treats people well and she’s unassuming. You can tell she’s not out thinking, ‘Look at me.’ Instead she seems like a good soul.”

Whether in Florida or Missouri, her passion for dance always remained constant. When she was a two-year-old, she started to go to a dance class. She was instantly hooked, and the art of dancing followed Alexis ever since.

It’s always boring for me whenever she’s not at poms. Whenever she is, we feed off of each other’s energy and it’s really fun.”

— Maria Ginnochio

However, she had a rough patch in her dancing career when she had to move away from her life-long dance studio after the move to Kirkwood. Alexis believes there was special connection between her and the studio.

At Kirkwood, she was eager to join the KHS dance team but soon find out she wasn’t eligible due to missing the tryouts. A year later, Alexis successfully joined the JV pommies team.

“JV year was hard for me initially because I was a junior and I felt isolated from everyone,” Alexis said. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m a junior on a team with all freshmen.’ But I met some of my closest friends through the team, and I loved being part of it.”

It was a summer camp for the dance team hosted at Saint Louis University where Alexis met one of her closest friends, Maria Ginnochio, sophomore. As the dancers stayed at a dorm for couple of days, Alexis instantly connected to her dorm neighbor, Maria, a freshman then. Ever since the camp, their relationship got stronger.

“Alexis definitely brings positive energy wherever she goes,” Maria said. “It’s always boring for me whenever she’s not at poms. Whenever she is, we feed off of each other’s energy and it’s really fun.”

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