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Since collecting their ticket to Charleston, Notre Dame High School Cheerleaders have been working effortlessly to perfect their routine for the West Virginia Class A cheer competition being held on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Charleston Civic Center. It has been six years since the Irish have had the opportunity to earn a state title.
The squad is equipped with only eleven girls, which allows the team to only preform two stunts rather than three a routine, the more common number you see in a competitive routine. Only having two stunts forces the girls to pack more difficulty into their two stunts that will be performed. Only being a squad of eleven has driven the girls to put in more time and effort to achieve their ultimate goal of making it to Charleston. The girls have practiced six days a week since August and have worked tirelessly towards being the next West Virginia Class A State Champions. Fighting Irish junior Toni Folio explained, “We have been faced with ups and downs, but we have worked hard and worked through each challenge. Every one of these girls has excelled since the beginning of the season, and we have all improved since August”.
Head coach Michelle Petitto expressed her hopes for the future of the cheerleading program at Notre Dame by saying, “We only have one senior, and we hope to continue to build off the hard work the girls have put in this year. Petitto continued, “We have added more since preforming at regionals, but nothing more difficult than what the girls are capable of, we just want to go out and preform a clean and solid routine”.
“Growing up, these girls have watched Notre Dame go to states, so it is more special for them to have the opportunity for Notre Dame to go back to state, explained Maria Dupont, Assistant Coach. Junior cheerleader Ashleigh Petitto explained the excitement she had for her team heading to states, “I am really proud of the team and I can’t wait to take the floor at Charleston. We’ve been working together since middle school, so it is a dream come true to finally have the opportunity to perform on the state’s floor”.
The Class A competition, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 8. The teams participating are; Williamstown, Fayetteville, Midland Trail, Madonna, Tug Valley, Clay Battelle, Wheeling Central and Notre Dame.
The City of Clarksburg would like to wish Good Luck to the Notre Dame Cheerleaders and we are hopeful they will bring another State Championship back to Clarksburg!
Images provided by Notre Dame High School coaches