FARMINGTON — When Ceana Rodriguez was 5 years old, her parents were looking for an activity for her.
Maybe dancing? Or ballet?
How about taekwondo?
"Her godfather took her to a tournament," her father, Pablo, said. "It looked like tag to her. So we got her into the sport. She would get gold medals, go to competitions and win, fighting with boys and girls. It gave her more confidence.
"In 2010, she got her black belt. She made the AAU team. We didn't know it was serious until she got to that point. We were traveling the country for different competitions. Then we understood — this is real."
Rodriguez, a junior at New...