Hinsdale Central senior gymnast Alex Yager has a gift for languages and is fluent in Spanish and German. She plans to study environmental studies and international relations in college.
“I started taking Spanish in second grade and it just kind of stemmed,” Yager said. “In middle school I was learning little bits of Mandarin and Assyrian from people, too. I always looked at languages as secret code and I wanted to know so I learned.”
Her ability to pick up additional skills is helping in her new, unexpected role on the Red Devils’ gymnastics team. She already was excited for her senior season after steadily climbing the ranks of the program. Yager was expecting to be a regular contributor to the varsity squad, but was thrown a curveball when the team’s top two gymnasts, Cayley Brenk and Emma Christoph, decided to not come out.
They were in line to become senior captains, but instead that role was thrust upon Yager.