During her freshman year in 1990,
Elena Semler showed her talent in gymnastics by placing her name in
several categories on Stoneham’s all-time leader board.
She set the school’s balance beam mark
as a freshman. The Stoneham High Gymnastics Team won the Middlesex
League Championship that year for the first time in the history of the
sport at Stoneham High, 18 years after the first competitive gymnastic
As a sophomore, Semler suffered a knee
injury keeping her out of gymnastic competition. Remarkably, she was
able to rebound to become a league co-MVP in tennis that spring.
Semler’s junior year was a comeback
year for her. In a battle against previously undefeated Melrose along
with SHS Hall of Famer Maria Zarella, they paced a close win 132.05 to
131.2. Semler’s strength was in her powerful swings. Zarella scored
35.5 with Semler scoring 33.85. The team finished undefeated, three
times breaking their own team scoring record, capped off with a 135.35
to 119.95 win over rival Reading. Semler finished fourth in the
Middlesex League All Around Meet against 28 other gymnasts. The team
finished third in the state meet.
Elena finished off her senior year on
top in gymnastics. She was a tri-captain of the Gymnastics team and
awarded Most Valuable Performer by Coach Cindy Carbone. Elena finished
third in the league’s all around standings. Behind Semler, the team
finished atop the Middlesex League, finished third in the North District
Meet and took sixth place at the state meet.
She was named to the All League Team
and qualified for the prestigious State Individual Meet. Semler was one
of the top seven all around gymnasts in the state and selected to
compete in the National High School Gymnastic Championships.
Elena was named a Globe All Scholastic
in gymnastics. As if that weren’t enough, she ended her high school
career as the #2 singles player in tennis that spring.
Elena is currently a senior manager
for a nonprofit. She lives in New Britain, Connecticut with her husband
Michael Trueworthy and daughters Nadia and Abigail.