Agile athletes and members of the Empire All Star Cheerleading and Dance program at Brooklyn Cheerleading and Sports tumbled, danced, and pyramided their way across the stage in Hershey, Pa. to clinch eight national titles last month on Mother’s Day.
The terrific twirlers buried the competition in trophies and laces — from three first-place wins to three grand champions.
The All Stars finished the Hershey tourney after successfully tumbling and flipping titles in March at Walt Disney World in the largest cheerleading competition in the country.
Among the first-place team winners were Raquel Whittingham, Shalisa Chevers, Imani Moffit, Trinity Febus, Kayla Hughey, Kenaysia Bellerand, and Sarabeth Velasquez.
The Junior league’s high-point winners included Natalie Negron, Christina DiTore, Jourdan Garnett, Katherine Arrabito, Janelle Chasten, Danielle Loadholt, Cheyenne Superville, Madison Patriarca, and Julia Shapiro.
The second-place seniors in Black (under 18 years old) were Kristie Carey, Julia Carey, Lindsay Casanova, Lauren Clark, Marina Cregan, Christina DiTore, Alison Ebert, Madison Efron, Sonya Epelman, Joanna Grossman, Jenna Mackoff, Kaia Archer, Marie Toussaint, Michael Santiago, Tori Sutera, and Shadine Walker, among others.
Mini tumblers in Team Orange placed third to finish the season, and included Michaela Bowry, Deanna Califano, Penelope D’Onofrio, Mia Guglielminetti, Samantha Musarella, Lauren Soblovesky, Darien Pennachio, Chloe Petit, Ariyana Nesfield, and Victoria Cummings.
Owner and coach Madiha Butt, with fellow coaches Ozzie Montes, Alexa Gioia, and Joanna Martinez, were really impressed with the success of the teams, and how well the teams bonded over the season to work like a well-oiled clock in order to accomplish all their victories.
“Our Hershey finish was a great way to close out our 2012-2013 season, ” Madiha told Standing O. “I look forward to welcoming the new cheer season that is just beginning.”
Girls and boys 3-to-18 are welcome to try out for the new season — just give Madiha a call.
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