Eagle Cheer Heads to Nationals
This weekend, Eastchester’s cheer team will be down in Florida facing off against some of the best squads in the nation. On Tuesday night, however, friends and family packed the EHS Upper Gym to send the team off in style, gleefully looking on as the Eagles gave one last public performance before heading off to the Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championships.
Running through their routine with style and precision, the Eagles gave fans a glimpse of what they can expect to see when the squad takes the mat at Walt Disney World Resort from Feb. 9-12.
Routinely qualifying for the event, the Eagles are no strangers to competing on the NHSCC’s biggest stage. But this year, Eastchester's senior captains admit that they’re hoping to make their last trip to nationals a special one.
“There’s definitely a bittersweet feeling; We’ve been doing this since middle school, and we don’t want this to be over,” said Chloe Brown. “But we’re also super-excited and confident. I think we’re really great at getting the crowd involved when we’re cheering.”
It’s not hard to understand exactly why the squad is coming into the weekend with high hopes; the Eagles program has had great success on the national stage, earning two UCA NHSCC Finalist finishes. This last weekend, the team soared at a their final tune-up competition in Port Chester, taking home the top prize in both the Traditional and Game Day categories.
“I feel like this season is going to be our best, just because of the relationships we’ve built with each other,” said fellow captain Victoria Caporaso. “We know we’re going to do well, and hopefully we’re going to get out on the mat and make it to the finals again.”
But regardless of how the squad finishes this weekend, the senior captains believe that the younger athletes will benefit greatly from participating in these high-stakes competitions, learning valuable life lessons and emerging as the future leaders of the Eastchester program.
“I want them to know that if they dream it and put their minds to it, they can do it,” said Juliana Lentini.
“I hope we’re leaving a legacy of carrying a confident attitude because that’s what it takes to lead a team,” added Brown. “I feel like we’ve done our best to create a good environment for that and that the younger girls can continue it.”
To follow along as the Eagles compete at Nationals, please visit the UCA NHSCCA event page HERE.