- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – A student at Ohio University’s Pickerington Center
is ranked 4th
in Ohio and 89th
in the world for doing something you have probably never heard of. Keegan Orr is a competitive yo-yoer.
“There are competitions all over the world,” said Orr. “The best way I can describe it is you see how complex of a knot you can create with the string by maneuvering the yo-yo through the string as gracefully as possible. Then, you get back out of the knot in a different, original way. You do it as beautifully and creatively as you can.”
Orr is a senior at Pickerington North High School. He takes classes at the Pickerington Center as part of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program
. The program gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses.
Orr has been a yo-yoer since he was 14 years old. He became interested in learning yo-yo tricks after finding an old yo-yo in his grandparents’ basement.
“I just started playing with it and I thought it was fun. I wanted to learn some tricks so I looked up some basic tricks on the internet and when I found those, I came across some of the tricks that I am doing now. They blew my mind,” said Orr. “So, I decided this was something I wanted to do, and I decided to learn it.”
Orr’s goal is to become ranked number one or two in Ohio and be one of the top 50 yo-yoers in the world. Orr said that learning the tricks has taken a lot of patience.
“It takes a lot of practice. There’s a very long process to get to that point.”
Orr plans to go to Otterbein next year to start work on a degree in mechanical engineering. He said he might combine his love of engineering and his love of yo-yoing into a future career.
“Being a yo-yoer, the kinds of knots and things you have to do, it is complex. It’s somewhat nerdy. I’ll admit it. I really enjoy physics. There’s a lot of physics behind yo-yoing,” said Orr. “I’ve thought about creating yo-yos myself for a career. It’s a possibility.”
Orr has a YouTube page
with videos of his stage performances and tricks. He hopes to eventually have a company sponsor him in his yo-yo competitions.