“My family is my biggest support system. My Dad is my unofficial coach. Also, there are nearby Pokémon ‘gyms’ we go to. I have lots of friends there to battle with, which is basically how you sharpen your skills. It’s worked for me. I was ranked first in the Midwest region and the highest ranking I’ve achieved was seventh in the US. However, those rankings fluctuate. I came in 25th at Nationals this year as a finalist. We have attended tournaments in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Kansas, Indiana… and this year, the Pokémon World Championship will be held in San Francisco, California.”

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