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Cayuga County student star of viral gymnastics video

Three flips later, Southern Cayuga freshman Sean Kennedy is a viral sensation.

A video showing Kennedy challenge the Groton High School cheerleading squad to a “gymnastics-off” has been covered by media company Buzzfeed and viewed more than 11 million times. The impromptu contest took place during the varsity boys basketball game between Southern Cayuga and Groton Jan. 19 at Southern Cayuga High School.

The video starts with Kennedy and two friends walking toward the Groton cheerleaders’ bench to challenge them. Kennedy, 15, of Locke, told The Citizen Wednesday that he taught himself gymnastics for a few years before taking a year of classes at The Next Jennaration Dance Studio in Lansing. He called gymnastics “a way to express myself and have fun.”

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