KI Fall Varsity Cheer Team wins state championship
STEVENSVILLE — On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Kent Island High Varsity Cheer team competed at Harford Community College in the Maryland High School Cheer Association’s Fall State Championship. For the second season in a row, Kent Island High beat out their competition and took home the State 1a/2a title. Previously, Kent Island won the Winter State championship this past Februar y.
The top nine 1A/2A teams in Maryland competed for this title, and Kent Island beat out the competition, scoring a 125.19 out of a possible 130 points. Harford Tech placed second with a score of 119.31.
That same evening the top 3A/4A teams across the state also competed for a state title. Arundel High School from Anne Arundel County won the 3a/4a title with a score of 123.64.
Assistant coach Molly Hustead said, “I am so proud to not only be a Kent Island cheer alumni, but also the opportunity to coach this hardworking team. These athletes put in hundreds of hours perfecting their routine in order to claim this state title. I cannot wait to see what else they will accomplish in the winter season.
The varsity cheer team is made up of 21 cheerleaders ranging from 9th grade to 12th grade. The following cheerleaders make up the varsity cheer team: Captain Demi Callas, Captain Madison Kelley, Carter Wilkerson, Lizzy Hayden, Madison McNeil, Tori Wagner, Jake Hurman, Holly Schultz, Summer Alexander, Mallory Smelgus, Savannah Long, Aly Madigan, Kyleigh Meehan, Skyler Brazell, Claudia Schultz, Jordan McGovern, Anna Wong, Maggie Groff, Sydney Leonardi, Ashleigh Martin and Emma Trinkley.
The team is led by head coach Meghan Arboleda. When asked to reflect on the competition she said, “At the beginning of the season we had set a goal, our goal was to go undefeated. We were undefeated going into states and knew that all we had to do was our routine and our goal would be achieved.
“Coming from Semi’s our score was the highest out of both the 1A/2A division and the 3A/4A. So practicing that week we thought, let’s add on to our goal and not only go undefeated but get the highest score out of both divisions again ... and we did! This team learned a great lesson, set a goal, work hard and you can achieve anything you put your mind to.”
Prior head coach and current JV coach Laura Schroyer said, “Through lots and lots of hard work, Kent Island has built a reputation for themselves as a standout not only in the 1A/2A division but in the 3A/4A division as well. It’s great to go to competitions throughout the state where everyone knows your name and you are defending a reputation you are proud of.”
The cheer team will start a new season this winter and hope to compete in Winter States in February of 2017 and defend their state title.
The four stunt pods flawlessly execute their paper doll stunt sequence.