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Former CAG athletes reunite
Quartet qualifies for finals of talent show
Erin Barrett (far left), Kimberly Arguello, Franky Palous and Jenna Geer will compete at the Valleys Got Talent show this Friday in Modesto. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Kimberly Arguello, Jenna Geer, Erin Barrett and Franky Paulos spent a considerable amount of their childhood and teenage years competing for the Ceres AcroGymnastics Team.

The quartet reunited four months ago and qualified for the finals of the "Valley's Got Talent" show, to be staged Friday night at 7 at Modesto's Gallo Arts Center.

"We had to go through an audition process," said Arguello, whose group name is Acro Continuum. "We didn't have any expectations. To our surprise and delight, we got chosen. They've never had an act like us before. Usually, it's singers and dancers."

Acro Continuum's performance will last four minutes and 12 seconds.

Their music track will be Pit Bull's "Fireball."
"We have eight big tricks planned in the routine," Kimberly said. "We're a unique act."

Kimberly (27), Jenna (20), Erin (20) and Franky (32) have been training twice a week at Cheer Odyssey in Stockton for the past two months.

"It's been an awesome experience," Arguello said. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think we'd do gymnastics together again. Our gym closed in 2007. We're all grown up now. I'm married. I have a full-time job."

Acro Continuum will be one of 26 featured acts during the sixth installment of the "Valley's Got Talent" show this Friday and Saturday in downtown Modesto.

Results will be announced on Saturday night at 7.

"I've been their coach for the past three months," said Ron Osoria, who owned and operated Ceres AcroGymnastics in Ceres from 1995-2008. "They all picked up where they left off at. They're in great shape. It's great to see. It's heartwarming. They were all together for 13 years. Gymnastics and tumbling will always be a part of them. They'll raise their own children in the sport. They're doing this for fun. If they happen to win, it's a bonus."

"We've never performed in front of 1,500 people," said Kimberly, Ron's daughter. "It's exciting and nerve racking at the same time. We've been working really hard. Just being back together again is what really matters. That's the best part. It's definitely a blessing."