Astros take first place in pro­vin­cial cheer­lead­ing com­pe­ti­tion

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As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros Cheer­lead­ing Team has proven the old cliché, hard work re­ally does pay off.

The team took first place June 7 in the New­found­land and Labrador Cheer­lead­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Pro­vin­cial Com­pe­ti­tion (Level IV) in the Se­nior High Divi­sion.

Level IV was the high­est level of com­pe­ti­tion this year, and the Astros com­peted against 10 other teams.

The girls also won the Grand Cham­pi­ons award, which went to the high­est scor­ing team in the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion.

Jen­nifer Gree­ley, one of the team coaches says she is ex­tremely proud of the team and still can­not be­lieve they won provin­cials.

“Th­ese girls work ex­tremely hard,” Gree­ley says. “We’ve spent the en­tire school year train­ing for this com­pe­ti­tion. We’ve spent ev­ery day to­gether putting last minute touches on the rou­tine - and it showed! I was part of this team seven years ago when the Astros last won the pro­vin­cial ti­tle and it feels great to bring that tro­phy home again!”

Ker­ilynn Smith, the other coach, be­lieves “the team punched in a re­ally rough week. The girls spent the year fundrais­ing for new uni­forms, which did not come in on time.”

She says this re­ally set the team back and every­one was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed.

“They quickly re­al­ized that uni­forms didn’t mat­ter, as long as they went out there and did their best - and that’s ex­actly what they did! They were ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. What a per­fect way to end the year!”

The cap­tains for the 2008-2009 school year are De­siree Bussey and Bri­anna Hynes. The stand­ings for the com­pe­ti­tion are as fol­lows:

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Gon­zaga Re­gional High O’Donel High School

Holy Heart of Mary Re­gional High Carbonear Col­le­giate.

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CHEERS! - The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros Cheer­lead­ing Team took first place in the New­found­land and Labrador Cheer­lead­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Pro­vin­cial Com­pe­ti­tion (Level IV) in the Se­nior High Divi­sion.

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