Ea­gles soar to U.S. Fi­nals

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

OCEAN CITY — The award­win­ning North Dorch­ester High cheer squad soared to a U.S. Fi­nals berth Satur­day, Feb. 25, with a sec­ond place fin­ish at the Reach the Beach Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion in Ocean City.

The Ea­gles scored an 85.28 out of 90 dur­ing their Ocean City rou­tine, which qual­i­fied the team for the U.S. Fi­nals on May 6-7 in Vir­ginia Beach, Va.

OCEAN CITY — The award­win­ning North Dorch­ester High cheer squad soared to a U.S. Fi­nals berth Satur­day, Feb. 25, with a sec­ond place fin­ish at the Reach the Beach Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion in Ocean City.

The Ea­gles scored an 85.28 out of 90 dur­ing their Ocean City rou­tine, which qual­i­fied the team for the U.S. Fi­nals on May 6-7 in Vir­ginia Beach, Va.

“The girls work so hard, and really have come to­gether to make an out­stand­ing team,” said North Dorch­ester cheer coach Am­ber Aaron who serves with as­sis­tant coach Katie Malkus. “This group is such a strong fam­ily.

“They are so tal­ented, and per­form at a high level,” she added. “I’m so proud of them, and all they have ac­com­plished. The girls al­ways step up to the challenge. They reach new heights each time they per­form.”

The Ea­gles have been led by cap­tains Mered­ith Bell, Stella Thomas, Erin Summy and Cloe Jack­son. Han­nah McCol­lis­ter, Jas­mine Lofland, Brit­tany Hooper, Jo­ce­lyn Mey­ers, Bri’ya­nia Ch­ester, Lind­sey Bradley, Kay­ley Bradley, Tay­lor Kairys, Le­mya Reeves, Na­jee Grif­fin, Jes­sica Young, Madi­son Schuyler, Jes­sica Ramey, Destiny Cole­man and Teiosha Potts round out the squad.

North Dorch­ester is no stranger to re­gional and na­tional per­for­mances.

The cheer squad took its show on the road in Jan­uary as the guest spirit team for the Navy men’s bas­ket­ball game against Bos­ton Univer­sity in An­napo­lis.

With stu­dents on win­ter break, the Naval Academy in­vited the Ea­gles to be the cheer team for the game. The visit marked the sec­ond straight year the team served as the Mid­ship­men’s cheer squad for a bas­ket­ball game.

The squad did a va­ri­ety of rou­tines dur­ing the game and time­outs, along with as­sist­ing with give­aways and con­tests for the fans.

The per­for­mance marked the sec­ond trip to An­napo­lis this sea­son for the Ea­gles. On Nov. 12, 2016, the team per­formed at Navy-Ma­rine Corps Memo­rial Sta­dium for the Navy foot­ball game with cheer and pom squads from all over Mary­land, Vir­ginia, Delaware, Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jersey and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The dif­fer­ence with Jan­uary’s trip was North Dorch­ester was the lone team at the game and per­formed rou­tines through­out the evening. The squad did bas­ket throws, tum­bles and in­ter­acted with fans. The Naval Academy gave the team a blank can­vas for what it could do.

In 2013, the cheer squad earned the Judges’ Choice Award and third place as a Large Mount Team at the an­nual Ga­tor Bowl cheer­lead­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Jack­sonville, Fla.

North Dorch­ester com­peted against 17 other schools in its first trip to na­tion­als since 2003. The com­pe­ti­tion co­in­cided with North Dorch­ester’s sched­uled per­for­mance on New Year’s Day at half­time of the pres­ti­gious Ga­tor Bowl.

Up next for the Ea­gles, the U.S. Fi­nals in May.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester High cheer mem­ber Tay­lor Kairys does a toe touch Feb. 25 at the Reach the Beach Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion in Ocean City.

The North Dorch­ester High cheer team per­forms Feb. 25 at the Reach the Beach Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion in Ocean City.

North Dorch­ester High cheer mem­bers Brit­tany Hooper, right, and Han­nah McCol­lis­ter per­form stunts Feb. 25 at the Reach the Beach Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion in Ocean City.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester High cheer mem­ber Brit­tany Hooper per­forms a stunt Feb. 25 at the Reach the Beach Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion in Ocean City.

North Dorch­ester High cheer cap­tain Mered­ith Bell gets raised high in the air by her team­mates Feb. 25 at the Reach the Beach Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion in Ocean City.

North Dorch­ester High cheer mem­bers per­form stunts Feb. 25 at the Reach the Beach Na­tional Cheer Com­pe­ti­tion in Ocean City.

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