Courtesy of Cherry Hill East Athletic Hall of Fame
His talent was almost natural, as in his sophomore year at East the Courier Post named him a South Jersey All Star Team Member. Throughout his East career, Cardelia earned many individual awards, with perhaps his most impressive being placing at fourth in the all-around competition at States.
He was sought after by numerous colleges, including William and Mary, Michigan and Syracuse. However, his acceptance from Princeton University was unmatched, and he ultimately decided to compete as a Division I Tiger.
His collegiate gymnastics career achievements included first place for his floor routine in the North Atlantic Gymnastics League (NAGL) and second place in the Ivy League Championships his senior year. Additionally, he was an All-Ivy athlete all four years at Princeton.
After college, he was not completely ready to part from his love of gymnastics. A year after he graduated from Princeton, he became an assistant gymnastics varsity coach for East while preparing for med school.
Although his gymnastics journey ended, Cardelia is forever grateful for the opportunities he was given as a gymnast. The memories, friendships and achievements he made from gymnastics have shaped his entire path through life.