Park Elementary 2nd grader ranked top 7-year-old in nation in shot put

Park Elementary student Nemo Hilby’s ranking as the top 7-year-old shot putter attracted the attention of Ryann Vargas at Spectrum News 1. She filmed a practice session before he headed to compete in the Junior Olympics in Sacramento for a story that aired July 18. In the back are Nemo’s Coach Jalisa McFee, Team D1, and Nemo’s father, Shaun Hilby. In front, from left, are Ryann Vargas, Spectrum SoCal News 1; Nemo Hilby; and Park Elementary Principal Carin Gasca.


Incoming Park Elementary second-grader Nemo Hilby was ranked top 7-year-old in the nation in the shot put and spent his summer practicing for the Junior Olympics on July 25 in Sacramento. Though his score is unknown as of the August print deadline, Nemo’s national ranking attracted the attention of reporter Ryann Vargas at Spectrum SoCal News 1, who filmed her story on the young Olympian in-the-making at practice July 16.

On hand for the filming was his dad, Shaun Hilby, who said, “Nemo wanted to get stronger for football, and in the process of track and field workouts discovered his talent for the shot put.”

Park Elementary Principal Carin Gasca also joined the filming and said, “What an amazing accomplishment for Nemo! He shows us that with hard work and dedication, we are never too young to become a champion. We are so proud of him!”

Whatever the outcome at the Junior Olympics, Nemo is inspiring his fellow students throughout the district.


Park ElementaryNemo Hilbyshot putJunior Olympics

Dec 2019


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