This year, both squads have had the opportunity to compete at the state, regional and national level.
On Oct. 17, the program competed in the association’s local competition and the teams placed first and second, then it competed in our state competition on Nov. 7 where both teams placed second.
Most recently, the two teams competed at the New England Regional Cheer Competition Nov. 21 at UMass-Amherst and again both teams placed second, thus earning the right to advance to the national level.
The cheerleaders will now have the amazing opportunity to travel to Kissimmee, Fla. on Dec. 10 to compete with cheer squads from around the country.
This is the first time that the cheer teams from the Southington Knights have qualified to compete at the National Level.
A press release from the organization explained: “The girls have dedicated their season to their late cheer coordinator, Andrea Pepe, who passed away in June after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Andrea was a dedicated director and coach and was also a dear friend and mother. She is survived by her 9 year old daughter, Bryanna, and her husband, Frank.”
The girls are led by cheer coordinator Liz McQuatters and assistant coordinator, Angela White.
The Division 10 Coaches are Tanya Bioski, Vicki Langland, Melissa Formeister, Liz McQuatters, and Angela White.
The Division 10 Cheerleaders are 7-10 years old girls from Southington. They are:
Kayla Beach, Jenny Burzynski, Macaela Cain, Samantha Cannuli, Maddie Chesanow, Laila DiBattista, Jenna Flynn, Kayla Gollnick, Brittany Gorneault, Courtney Gorneault, Janelle Green, Rylee Indomenico, Lucianna Lambert, Katy Langland, Avery McQuatters, Bianca Olchanowski, Amber Paprzyca, Bryanna Pepe, Kerissa Salsbury, Trinity Stewart, Maggie Wernicki, andJessica Wright.
Division 14 coaches are Leandra Lee, Nadia Golino, Angela White, and Liz McQuatters
The Division 14 Cheerleaders are 11 to 14 year old girls from Southington. And they are:
Faith Auletta, Alyssa Bowker, Brianna Camacho, Olivia Conforto, Rebecca Conforto, Ella Fleischmann, Gabriella Flynn, Abbey Halloran, Avery Halloran, Elena Hanson, Isabel Iovanna, Kristen Jacobson, Lyzia Julia, Bella Lambert, Keira Mulligan, Kaitlyn Paprzyca, Hailey Ryder, Julia Uba, Megan Walasewicz, Amanda Ziegler, and Jillian Zitofsky,
The teams have done several fundraisers this season to prepare for this opportunity. They have also created A Go Fund Me page to help defray travel expenses for the cheerleaders and their families. The web address is www.gofundme.com/southingtoncheer.