Cheerleaders Make History, Win Bid to Nationals

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For the first time in the high school’s history, the varsity cheerleaders have secured a spot in the National High School Cheerleadering Championship, to be held in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 5-9. The squad qualified for nationals after competing at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Pocono Regional Competition, where they vied against 24 teams.

“This is a huge accomplishment, especially for our team, who put a routine together in two weeks’ time and who do not have a youth feeder program,” said coach Tiffany Pelczar.

“The team worked very hard over the last few years with the goal of making it to the national competition,” added Mark Passamonte, director of physical education, health and athletics. “I am proud of their accomplishments and wish them luck.”  

In addition to making it to the national competition, the team also received a UCA sportsmanship award. This honor was made in recognition of the squad’s effort to send letters to football players from Warren Hills High School in New Jersey who had suffered the loss of a teammate during a game.

“Having personally experienced a similar tragedy last year, the squad felt it was important to let this team know that others throughout the nation are here to support them,” said Pelczar.