by Lauren D'Amico
Aside from their usual preseason regimen consisting of pyramids, flips and tumbles, the WHS cheerleading team was hard at work this summer; the Westfield Boosters Association granted the team the opportunity to attend a camp run by the National Cheerleaders Association.
They came home with not only new routines and knowledge regarding the sport, but also with high honors granted to them by representatives from the NCA.
“Without the support of the community, specifically the Westfield Boosters Association, these things would not be possible,” said Athletic Director Ms. Sandy Mamary.
According to Coach Allison Roberts, the team won Superior Status as well as a Superior Jumps award. Since this is the first year the team attended the camp, the award was a first for them.
Said senior Captain Stephanie Brown: “I think I can speak for the team as a whole and say we were all overjoyed and proud of each other. We have a lot of new girls this year, and a bigger team than ever so getting the award with a practically new team was uplifting and definitely inspired us as we head into the season.”
According to Brown, at camp, the team was instructed to “be one,” which became a theme for their time spent with the NCA. Other than learning new techniques and safety procedures, the NCA instructors helped to “make [the team] stronger and helped [them] work as a team, which is one of the most important aspects of cheerleading,” said Brown.
Added Roberts: “NCA asked the girls to create a goal for the season, and they chose to raise the bar. So this season we look forward to improving our stunts, cheers and dances all while working together as a team.”
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