The Edgewood cheerleading program made the trip to Florida for nationals recently and shined as it went against some of the top teams in the country.
Three of the six Edgewood teams qualified, and were led by the Varsity Level 3 team that took first place. Pee Wee Level 1 went on to finish in second, and Varsity Level 1 took fourth overall.
“Any success for us is special. These kids could choose other sports, other teams or even high school sports, yet they choose to stay with us until they age out. Many have been together since the start of their cheer career. They work hard season after season and always come back stronger. Our athletes, parents and coaches fully commit to the Edgewood Eagles program,” said Shanika Doctor, head of Edgewood cheerleading.
Doctor was proud of the program’s success this past year, and hopes that each cheerleader will take this experience with them throughout their lives.
“We at Edgewood know that our children are champions. Although it's always nice to come home with a trophy, it's really the success of our kids outside of this program that makes this league the proudest, the life lessons, the college degrees they attribute to lessons learned through Edgewood,” said Doctor. “The amount of kids returning to coach, the positive messages we hear year after year. The trophy is just a symbol of that work ethic that carries on long after they graduate the program.”
Here is a look at all the athletes that made the trip down south:
Pee Wee: Talia Baez-Bucci, Anasjah Burke, Janessa Chapman-Loftis, Allana Cunha, Layla DosSantos, Isabella Labsan, Anvia Matos, Madison McCartney, Jazmin Mota, Abigail Nelson, Madelyn and Nevaeh Phommachanh, Ava Quinlan, Madison Rivers, Jennea Scholle, Emma-Rose Shaw and Juliana Xayapanaya.
Varsity 1: Miranda Andrews, Serenity Bianco, Lacey Flynn-Dutra, Crystal Herbert, Sheilyn Jimenez-Acevedo, Gianna Marzilli, Gianna Petteruto, Gabriella Rougier, Erileika Satturria, Janayah Spears, Ella Young.
Varsity 3: Jazlynn Alonzo, Deeanys Arias, Jasmine Brown, Kamiya Brown, Olivia Cortez, Marialys and Wilmarie Cruz, Alexandra DeLuca, Jazmine Dillard, Jaelyn Frietas, Arianna Garrido, Haley Herbert, Dhazyah Johnson, Sonali Kong, Isyss Lama, Brianna & Riley Lonergan, Alexis Miller, Marielis Ocasio, Amya Oliver, Makenna Paugh, Janiah Polanco, De’Knyah Smith, Hailey Terranova, Kcianna Valerde, Jeremy Vasquez, Symphany Vongkanya, Arianna Ward, Trinity Wimbish.