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June 13, 2013

Meet Haverhill's whiz kid

From volunteerism to straight A's to dancing, this 10-year-old does almost everything

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Jessica Cyr said her daughter will dance the main role of Avalanna Routh in this year’s dance recital at Merrimack College on June 22. Avalanna was a 6-year-old girl from Merrimac who died of brain cancer last year.

“Everything she does she comes up with on her own,” Jessica Cyr said. “She does these things because she really wants to.”

Ryleigh formerly played in the Haverhill Girls Softball league and Haverhill Pal Soccer league and participated in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer 5-mile walk in Boston, which she donates to every year. She’s a member of the Haverhill YMCA and is an avid skier at Bradford Ski.

“Sometimes I hear about people who are amazing, yet they are average people,” Ryleigh said. “I want to be like them because they are really good people.”

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