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Florida Beach Vault Champs Soar With Maggie Awards!

More than 70 vaulters enjoyed the second annual Florida Beach Vault. (Photos by )

Vaulters soared at the Florida Beach Vault. (Photo by Jeff Adams)

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Maggie Steele, the gutsy farm girl pole-vaulter from Grain Valley, Kansas, was the storybook guest of honor here Saturday, July 20th, as copies of her inspirational sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon were presented to the high-flying female champions of Florida Beach Vault 2013.

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“It was a weekend of firsts for Maggie,” said author Grant Overstake.

“It was her first-ever airplane ride, and her first time seeing the ocean! She loved every minute of it, especially since the purpose of her visit was for such an important cause, which is pole-vault safety.”

The Beach Vault, sponsored by the Florida Pole Vault Academy, attracted more than 70 vaulters who had a spectacular view of the ocean as they cleared the ever-rising crossbar. Event organizer Bob Leidel was delighted to be able to present Maggie Awards to the female champions. Continue reading


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Maggie Packs Flip-Flops, Sunscreen for Florida Beach Vault 2013!

Maggie has been invited to the 2nd Annual Florida Beach Vault to be held Saturday, July 20th, at Clearwater Beach. (Photo by Jeff Adams)

Florida Beach Vault 2013 is July 20th at Clearwater Beach, Fla. (Photos by Jeff Adams)

Maggie Steele is packing her flip-flops and sunscreen for a pole-vaulter’s dream vacation!

The gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas, has been invited to share the awards stand at Florida Beach Vault 2013, Saturday July 20th, at one of the most beautiful places in the world — Clearwater Beach!

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Last year’s Florida Beach Vault attracted more than 80 vaulters and more are expected this year, including the most inspirational storybook pole-vaulter in the nation, if not the entire world.

A copy of the inspirational sports novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be awarded to the top female finishers at the second annual event, sponsored by the Florida Pole Vault Academy. The book’s author, Grant Overstake, a former Miami Herald Sports Writer, would love to be there in person, but Maggie will be making the 1,270-mile trip by herself.

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PR City! Gold Medal Campers Win Maggie Awards

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Maggie Award Winners at the Gold Medal Pole Vault Camp at Andale (Kan.) High School, front row from left, Hayden Bugner, Andale; Jewel Eck, Andale; Hanna Buller, Goddard; Samantha Horsch, Andale; Jaden Eck, Andale; Braden Meyer, Andale; Haley Heimerman, Andale; Jared Harmony, Hesston. Coaches on back row, Zach Curtis, Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel; Travis Ford, Goddard Eisenhower; Dylan Schmidt, Andale. Not pictured, Camp Director Mark Schmidt and Coach Mark Smith.

ANDALE, Kan. — For three days this past week, this vault-crazy town in the wheat fields of South Central Kansas became… PR City!

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Samantha Horsch, Andale, eyes a new PR!

Vaulter after vaulter soared to Personal Records at the 11th Annual Gold Medal Pole Vault Camp, held June 27-29 at Andale High School.

The Andale City Council should have issued a Proclamation to change the name of their spiffy little town for a few days. But before they could muster a quorum, 32 enthusiastic young vaulters took to the runways and changed it themselves.

As a reward for their highest and best efforts, vaulters who set PRs in the camp’s final competition received copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, the inspirational novel by Grant Overstake, which tells the story of the Sunflower State’s high-flying fictional pole vaulter, Maggie Steele.

Vaulting into a strong headwind, gutsy Jaden Eck, Andale, earned a ‘Maggie Award!”

“The Gold Medal Camp was held in an absolutely perfect setting for Kansas pole vaulting, right next to a newly harvested wheat field,” said Overstake, who shot photos and presented the “Maggie Awards” at the camp’s closing ceremony. Continue reading


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Do You Feel Yourself Soaring With Maggie? Science Explains Why

Kansas High School State Champion Taylor Marie Swanson felt herself soaring again reading "Maggie Vaults Over the Moon."

Kansas High School State Champion Taylor Marie Swanson felt herself soaring to a gold medal again reading “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.”

If you feel yourself taking flight with heroine Maggie Steele as she pole-vaults over the moon, don’t be surprised.

Many readers of the new teen novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon have actually felt the physical sensation of vaulting higher and higher — and a new study explains why.

According to the article, “Your Brain on Fiction”, something amazing happens to our brain when we simply read about fictional characters doing exciting and dramatic things. Our brain responds like we’re really doing those things ourselves. The study shows that when Maggie takes flight, readers do, too.

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonWriting for The New York Times, Annie Murphy Paul reports that, while many people today are fixated with digital devices and spending most of their free time on Facebook or Twitter, new evidence shows we could all benefit from putting away our smart phones and reading good fiction.

According to the story, scientists have come to realize that, to the brain, a fictional account can seem even more real than the real world: Continue reading


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New Study: Teen Mental Health Improved by Exercise, Sports

Many grown-ups know firsthand that physical exercise can help overcome the angst of adult life. Now a new study suggest that physical activity, especially competitive sports, can be even more helpful for teens.

You might have heard the segment on today’s Morning Edition entitled, “Why Exercise May Do A  Teenage Mind Good,” touting nprlogo_138x46the value of daily physical activity for adolescents’ mental health.

HighResFrontCoverIn the report, Yale University child psychologist Alan Kazdin, the editor of Clinical Psychological Science, says the findings show just how bountiful the benefits of exercise can be.

“I think it would be too strong to call it an elixir, but it has the broad effects of something like that,” he says.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a new novel that retells the story of Maggie Steele, a farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas, who suffers a major tragedy in her life. Written by Grant Overstake, the story chronicles Maggie’s difficult rise to a brighter future through pole-vaulting, a very demanding form of exercise. Continue reading


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U.S. Olympian Jeremy Scott Endorses “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon”

“Every single person should be able to relate to Maggie in Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. We have all experienced loss, heartache or tragedy, but not all find a way to overcome. It doesn’t matter if you are a pole vaulter, male or female; it’s about finding something in which you are passionate and not giving up. Maggie does just that—she finds her passion and it ends up taking her over the moon.” –Jeremy Scott, USA Olympic Trials Silver Medalist and Team USA Pole Vaulter at the 2012 London Olympic Games

About Jeremy Scott
Believed to be the tallest world class pole vaulter in history, Scott stands at 6 feet 9 inches tall. His breakthrough 2009 season got off to a great start with his win at the USA Indoor Championships in Boston, and he broke the 19-foot barrier for the first time in his career with his winning clearance June 14 in Jonesboro, Ark., when he cleared 5.82m/19-1.25. A letter-winner in three sports in high school (football, basketball and track) Scott enrolled at Allegheny College to play football. After a broken foot as a sophomore caused Scott to focus more on pole vaulting, he decided to enroll at one of National Track & Field Hall of Famer Earl Bell’s pole vault camps in the summer of 2001, and the improvement was immediate. Continue reading