Local Cheer Squad Soars at Nationals

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Williamsburg Beacon GSC Cheer Squad with their trophies they’ve earned in recent competitions (l to r) Jasmine Henry, Mirlene Fleurime, Shani Forbes, Malika Sophy- Perret ,  Vanesha Sophy- Perret, Raquel Rogers, Maimouna Diallo, Jada Crandali, Kathy Medrano, Zanaiah Myland, Kevana Dupree, Aisha Blades,  Akiyaaha Green,  Jasmine Quamina, Ahzelle Blanco, Harmonie Heath, Taina Francis, Briel Anaya

“Don’t let this pretty bow fool you. I am a beast.” – Jasmine Henry, member of the Williamsburg Beacon Grand Street Campus Cheer Squad

The Williamsburg Beacon Grand Street Campus Cheer Squad uses the sport of cheer to develop strong and confident young women and men. The discipline involved to succeed is excellent preparation that transfers to scholarship and citizenship in their life beyond high school.

“Cheer leading helps to team build, make life long sisters, and learn leadership. Cheerleading is a commitment made for strong women, girls and men,” said Kevana Dupree, member of the Williamsburg Beacon Grand Street Campus Cheer Squad

The squad consists of twenty-four Brooklyn middle and high school students. In a little over a month of competitions this team won the following distinctions: 2017 ESYFC Cheer Dance & Step Seven Champion, (Squad members also won individual medals 1 gold, 6 silver for jumps, tumbling and/ or stunts);  2017 AYC Big East Regional Cheer Champion; and  2017 AYC National Championships – 3rd place in Division 18.

“We worked hard and despite our challenges we pushed through and were able to compete at a national competition and placed third in the nation within our first year”- Harmonie Heath, member of the Williamsburg Beacon Grand Street Campus Cheer Squad

“When we started this team, we didn’t have much support or respect from other schools so we were determined to prove them otherwise”- Nefertiri Bishop, member of the Williamsburg Beacon Grand Street Campus Cheer Squad

The high level of commitment that it takes to excel in this sport imparts valuable life lessons such as integrity, work ethic, mutual respect, and accountability.

“We made it through the hard time but with teamwork and commitment we made it to the top.” – Kathy Medrano, member of the Williamsburg Beacon Grand Street Campus Cheer Squad

Author: The Greenline

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