Bring it on home

Local cheerleaders excel at Pennsylvania camp

Submitted Photo More than a dozen cheerleaders from Silver Creek and Forestville attended the National Cheerleaders Association’s Cheerleading Camp in Pennsylvania in August.

Special to The OBSERVER

HONESDALE, Pa. — Seventeen members of the Silver Creek/Forestville Cheer team and their coach brought home awards from the four-day National Cheerleaders Association’s Cheerleading Camp at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp in Honesdale, Pa., in August. For several of the athletes, the focus of the trip on intensive cheerleading instruction was a repeat experience.

The rigorous schedule included classes in stunting, pyramids, jumps, cheers and chants and choreography of a new routine for the end of camp competition. The cheerleaders’ days began at 7 a.m. for breakfast and ended at 9 p.m. after the daily awards ceremony.

“There was little time for rest and relaxation at camp,” said varsity cheerleading and competitive cheerleading coach Tami Faraci. “But the team embraced the hard work and long hours and excelled in learning new material to bring home for both the football and competition seasons.”

Silver Creek has a solid competitive cheerleading program that has earned eight first-place wins (out of 10 competitions) in the past three years along with a Grand Champion win last season, a Section VI first place win, a Section VI second-place win and a trip to the state finals since 2016.

The team won several awards at camp this summer, including excellence in stunting, three spirit awards and a bid to nationals in Texas.

Individual awards went to the following: All-American team nominees: seniors Mary Reagle and Madison Sutter; juniors Bella Shomper and Jenna Michalek; sophomores Sierra Farner, Kassidy Herspold, Mariah Polowy and Ella Monaco; freshmen Tessa Brunner and Alivia Penman; and middle-schooler Sophia Drozdiel. The All-American nominees then had to try out to make this team with Polowy scoring high enough to earn this top honor. In addition to All-American, Penman also tried out for Top Gun Tumbling and placed in the Top 5 of the camp. Shomper was chosen by the staff for a leadership award, one of only 11 given to 600 cheerleaders.

“This was an incredibly successful week for this team and they are ready to impress on the sidelines supporting their football team in the upcoming season,” said Faraci. “We’re looking forward to making their program stronger in the years to come,” said Faraci.

Drozdiel is the sole Forestville student among the campers; the other 16 are Silver Creek students.