'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon'


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Star-Spangled Vaulters Soar at River Vault

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Kaitlyn Ganrude navigates the barge runway at the River Vault. (By Daniel Scraith).

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Daring athletes in red, white and blue soared to new heights at the 7th Annual River Vault, held July 3-4.

A rubberized pole-vault runway and landing pad were mounted on a 125-foot by 50-foot barge moored to the river bank. The crowd went bonkers as nearly 80 athletes from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin soared above the river.

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Matt Dietlin waves to the crowd at the River Vault, held on the Mississippi River.

“What an amazing weekend!” said event organizer Jeremiah Burish, Director of Sales at La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We had incredible competition, high energy, and great costumes. The vaulters rang the bell 24 times to celebrate their personal bests!”

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Smiling Sarah Ward rings the bell after a personal record vault.

Also cheering the competitors, in spirit, was Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.  In what has become a River Vault tradition, copies of the inspiring novel were awarded to winners in each category.

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Star-Spangled Anna Davis won the overall Best Dressed Vaulter Award.

“Maggie was delighted to be invited back to the only barge vault in the world,” said author Grant Overstake. “Kudos to Jeremiah and his crew for putting on another great show.” Continue reading


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Reviews: Aspiring Vaulter, Mom, Relish Road Trips with ‘Maggie’ on Audio by Tavia Gilbert

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Aspiring pole vaulter Katie Wright and her mom Jennifer savored their travel time by listening to ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ on audio book.

There’s a 40-minute, 31-mile stretch of Kentucky highway between Katie Wright’s home in Prospect and her pole-vault practices at Fuzion Athletics in Shelbyville, but the round trips were over waaay too soon for Katie and her mom Jennifer as they listened to Tavia Gilbert perform their favorite story on audio book, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

'Maggie' narrator Tavia Gilbert

‘Maggie’ narrator Tavia Gilbert

“Gilbert’s narration really drew us into the story and characters!” Jennifer writes in her review. “Often times we would stay in the car a few more minutes just to continue listening to the story!”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake is the story of a gritty Kansas farm girl, Maggie Steele, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

The story is brought to life by Tavia Gilbert, who has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards.

Now add the Wright’s to the growing list of great reviews for Gilbert’s performance. Continue reading


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‘Mississippi Maggie’ Cheers Historic River Barge Vaulters!

It was a star-spangled day for NAME.

It was a high-flying day for Andrianna “Andy” Jacobs, who won the Youth Division with a vault of 13’4.25″, qualifying her for the USA Junior Nationals. While unofficial, the vault surpassed the Minnesota state record for high school girls. (Photos by Daniel Schraith.)

Paddle-wheels and pole-vaulters shared the Mighty Mississippi on July 4th at the LaCrosse River Vault. Adding to the excitement at the 6th annual event was the fact that it was the very first time that a pole-vault competition had ever been held on a river barge.

Cheering the vaulters was Maggie Steele, heroine of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Wowza! Soaring pole-vaulters captivated the crowd at the La Cross Street Vault on July 4th. (Photos by Daniel Schraith.)

Wow-za! Soaring vaulters captivate the crowd at the La Cross Street Vault.

“Maggie was delighted to be invited back to one of the best street vaults in the nation, or should I now say, the only barge vault in the world,” said author Grant Overstake. Copies of his YA novel were awarded to top finishers in each category. He added, “It was a happy, historic day for everyone involved.

“Kudos to Jeremiah Burish and his crew for putting on a great, great show!”

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Maggie Salutes Star-Spangled Vaulters

Soaring in stars and stripes, Bryan Klister, clears the bar to win the college division of the 5th Annual River Vault in La Crosse, Wis.

Soaring in stars and stripes, Bryan Klister wins the River Vault college division.

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin — Fireworks were soaring here on the 4th of July, and so were the patriotic pole-vaulters at the 5th Annual River Vault competition held at beautiful Riverside Park on the Mississippi River.

The star-spangled event included some 65 athletes, including prep standouts, college All-Americans and national champions, elite stars, and Olympic hopefuls. According to event organizer and founder Jeremiah Burish, “This was our best River Vault yet!”

Elite champion Leslie Brost celebrates her payday with event organizer Jeremiah Burish.

Elite champion Leslie Brost celebrates her payday with Jeremiah Burish and Maggie.

Joining in the fireworks was Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Winners in each division (see complete results) were awarded a copy of the novel, written by Grant Overstake. Continue reading


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Great Perks for Kentucky-Area Vaulters! PreState and Summer Sessions from Fuzion Athletics!

Fuzion Athletics CEO and Founder Jamie Steffen is an elite master's pole-vaulter and coach of champions. Fuzion is offering great discounts to campaign donors!

Jamie Steffen is an elite master’s vaulter and coach of champions. Fuzion Athletics is offering great discounts to Maggie Audiobook Campaign donors for PreState and Summer vault sessions in Shelbyville, KY.

SHELBYVILLE, Kentucky — Fuzion Athletics is offering PreState Vault Sessions, and Summer Vault Sessions, valued at $480 each, for vault fans who contribute $400 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

The PreState Session offer is good for one dozen 2-hour Practice Sessions with coaching, from now through June 1st, at Fuzion Athletics’ facility in Shelbyville.

Fuzion Athletics CEO and Founder Jamie Steffen and Coach Andrea Sabatini provide expert pole-vault instruction at the awesome new facility in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Super Maggie Fans Jamie Steffen and Andrea Sabatini provide expert pole-vault instruction at the awesome new facility in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

The Summer Session offer is good for 12 2-hour practice sessions with coaching, from June 1st through August 15th.

These perks will go quick, so click here now: http://tinyurl.com/lxtyqjc

Fuzion is eager to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses, and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience.

“This campaign to give Maggie a voice is a great thing to be part of!” said Jamie Steffen, CEO and Founder of Fuzion Athletics and rentpoles.com. “Not only are we promoting reading but we are helping kids that need help reading by making an audiobook. All of us at Fuzion Athletics are proud to be part of Maggie’s life.” Continue reading


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Audiobook Campaign: Kentucky Summer Vault Sessions at Fuzion Athletics!

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Fuzion Athletics’ Jamie Steffen and Andrea Sabatini provide expert instruction in Shelbyville, KY.

SHELBYVILLE, Kentucky — Fuzion Athletics has pledged a package of Summer Vault Sessions, valued at $480, for a vault fan who contributes $400 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign!

FuzionLogoWithBorderThe offer is good for 12 2-hour practice sessions with coaching, from June 1st through August 15th, in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign goes live on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform at 8 a.m. central time this Saturday, March 1st.

Here is the link to the campaign site. It will go live at 8 am Saturday, March 1st.

Fuzion is eager to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. Tavia’s list of accolades includes six Audie Award nominations, equal to the Academy Award in her art form. The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses, and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience.

In addition, the Summer Session reward winner will be named as a co-producer in the introduction of the audiobook. The winner also will get a “Maggie Awards” party in their honor, and will appear on Maggie’s popular blog and Facebook sites. Continue reading


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Audiobook Campaign: PreState Vault Sessions from Fuzion Athletics!

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Fuzion Athletics’ Jamie Steffen and Andrea Sabatini provide expert instruction in Shelbyville, KY.

SHELBYVILLE, Kentucky — Fuzion Athletics has pledged a package of PreState Vault Sessions, valued at $480, for a vault fan who contributes $400 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign!

FuzionLogoWithBorderThe offer is good for one dozen 2-hour Practice Sessions with Coaching, from March 1st – June 1st, at Fuzion Athletics’ facility in Shelbyville.

The campaign goes live on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform at 8 a.m. central time this Saturday, March 1st. This offer will go quickly, as soon as the campaign begins!

Here is the link to the campaign site. It will go live at 8 am Saturday, March 1st.

Fuzion is eager to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. Tavia’s list of accolades includes six Audie Award nominations, equal to the Academy Award in her art form. The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses, and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience.

In addition, the PreState Session reward winner will be named as a co-producer in the introduction of the audiobook. The winner also will get a “Maggie Awards” party in their honor, and you and your fellow Fuzion Vaulters will appear on Maggie’s popular blog and Facebook sites. Continue reading