Next Generation of Cheerleaders Are Getting Ready

This future cheerleader had an exhausting and fun day, and is all ready for the car ride home.
This future cheerleader had an exhausting and fun day, and is all ready for the car ride home.
It’s hard work, but these Varsity Cheerleader make it look easy.
It’s hard work, but these Varsity Cheerleader make it look easy.
Perfecting dance moves that get added to their routine, the girls are ready for the parent show.
Perfecting dance moves that get added to their routine, the girls are ready for the parent show.
Thank you Food Plaza and the other sponsors for their support.
Thank you Food Plaza and the other sponsors for their support.
Prior to the parent exhibition, Whitman’s Varsity Cheer team is introduced to the parents in attendance.
Prior to the parent exhibition, Whitman’s Varsity Cheer team is introduced to the parents in attendance.
Each of the different age groups showed what they learned to a room full of proud camera-toting parents.
Each of the different age groups showed what they learned to a room full of proud camera-toting parents.
This group, comprised of kindergarten through 2nd graders, impresses their parents with how much they learned.
This group, comprised of kindergarten through 2nd graders, impresses their parents with how much they learned.
Following their varsity lead, this group is ready to give it their all.
Following their varsity lead, this group is ready to give it their all.
The cheer camp was so successful that another is scheduled for January 18th.
The cheer camp was so successful that another is scheduled for January 18th.
They may have a way to go, but the next generation of cheerleaders are clearly having a great time.
They may have a way to go, but the next generation of cheerleaders are clearly having a great time.
Each future cheerleader walked away with lots of fun gifts.
Each future cheerleader walked away with lots of fun gifts.

At this year’s first Cheer Camp, approximately 40 future cheerleaders took over the Silas Wood Gym to participate in a hands-on clinic that brought them that much closer to executing a perfect scorpion. Well not quite, but who said being a cheerleader was easy?

It was a lot of fun though, and the girls, grouped by grade level, teamed up with varsity cheerleaders for age-appropriate dance moves, tumble, and cheers. At the end of their 3-hour camp, parents flooded the gymnasium perimeter and, with cameras flashing, recorded the many happy smiles of our next generation of South Huntington cheerleaders.

Walt Whitman Varsity Cheerleading Coach Tracy Koch would like to thank event sponsors Food Plaza, and My Gym for their generous gifts. Our newest wildcat cheerleaders for-a-day received goodies such as t-shirts, water bottles, necklaces, and megaphones depending upon the age group. 

The varsity cheerleaders made up new cheers and dances for the groups, and junior captain Julianna Botta hand-made cheer hair bows for each of the participants. Thank you varsity cheerleaders: Natalie Dunn, Sabrina Phillipe, Julianna Botta, Cheryl Rodriguez, Lauren Owens, Shannon Decker, Pascale Barreau, Michelle Nardelli, Sarena McManus, Gabriella Cippriano, Kiara Brown, Antonella Giamichelle, Tori Pomeroy, and Rebecca Nardelli for their time in mentoring our next generation. A special thank you to the many parents who volunteered their time to help in the event. And especially thank you to the families of the attendees, who gave their children a wonderful experience to remember.

“This event allows the high school cheerleaders to share their passion of cheerleading with the younger generations of upcoming wildcat cheerleaders,” said Coach Koch. “We are hosting another youth clinic on January 18th. Also please keep on eye out for information about our Cheer Ability clinic devoted to Special Education students.