EAST BEND — Parents, friends and supporters were cheering on area cheerleaders on Saturday at a special fundraising exhibition performance held at Forbush High School. The squads from Forbush and Davie County high schools are headed to Nationals in Orlando, Florida, this coming weekend. The cheerleaders from Extreme Spirit Allstars will be competing at Nationals in April.
“This is a sendoff for the three teams,” explained Lark Williams, one of the event organizers. She said typically each team would have its own send-off event.
“We thought it would be really nice this year if we combined all our programs,” she said. Some area vendors were also there selling various items to help with fundraising expenses for the teams.
Williams said the upcoming national competition is a big achievement.
The cheerleading squad from Forbush High school won a World competition four years ago and came in just a tenth of a point shy of the win at last year’s national competition. Coach Christina Foster said she was extremely proud of her team and looking forward to next weekend’s competition.
“Our team works year-round and to be able to make it to that level is a huge honor and to have a really good shot at winning it is even better than that,” she said.
”We’ve been right there,” Foster said of their near win last year, “so we’re trying to redeem ourselves this year and get that tenth of a point.”
Having the community support and a chance for the team to perform on Saturday was also a big honor, Foster said.
“This is our element,” she said. “What you see at football games is one aspect of what our cheerleading program is about and this is the other aspect, so for our community to come out and support us in this way, it’s a blessing to us.”
Cheerleading coaches from Davie County High School, Angie Stage and Amie Barnett-Vetter, said they, too, were pleased with the exhibition event and looking forward to next weekend’s competition.
”It’s just another opportunity for our young team to get out in front of an audience and get the jitters out before we walk through Cinderella’s castle and put it on the big stage,” Stage said.
”It’s quite an honor to be going [to Nationals],” Barnette-Vetter added. “It’s an honor to be able to represent our school and it’s an honor for our kids to be able to put their efforts on the floor because they work hard all season and it’s their time to shine.”
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