Exeter Youth Cheerleading Organization place first in regional competition

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News photo by Emily Thiel Santa Claus poses with Exeter Youth Cheerleading Organization coaches Jill Rowley and Amy Werner, and team members Bianca Strobel, 12; Alyssah Watson, 11; Rachel Schwenk, 11; Gracelyn Rowley, 10; Jessica Nugent, 9; Maddie Slackway, 8; Ayannah Watson, 8; Kasey Schaeffer, 9; Ava Werner, 8, and Kiley Kimpland, 10 at their Breakfast with Santa fundraiser held at the Exeter Dairy Queen, 5701 Perkiomen Ave., Dec. 7.

Local cheerleaders have rocked their way to Disney World.

The Exeter Youth Cheerleading Organization placed first in the Universal Cheerleaders Association Pocono Regional Competition held at Kutztown University Dec. 8.

The girls have earned their bid to compete nationally at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. in February 2014.

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The team has only been established for two years, but are already making their mark on the competition cheerleading community. There are 15 girls, ranging from the ages of eight to twelve, in the organization.

For the regional competition, each cheerleading team only had two minutes and 30 seconds to show off their stuff.

The first minute and 30 seconds was a music portion, where they must complete a jump sequence, dance sequence, elite (stunt), tumbling and pyramid in the routine. For the last minute, the team performed their cheer and chant. This year’s theme was rock n’ roll.

“The energy they have...I don’t know how they do it! They’re amazing,” parent Christy Schaeffer said.

The girls will be in Florida Feb. 7 to Feb. 10, with the national competition scheduled for Feb. 9.

To fund the trip, the team, coaches and parents are constantly fundraising.

The Exeter Youth Cheerleading Organization hosted a Breakfast with Santa fundraiser at the Exeter Dairy, 5701 Perkiomen Ave. Dec. 7.

The girls served pancakes, bacon, coffee or juice, and smoothies to raise money for the national competition.

“They’re ecstatic they got first place,” Schaeffer said.

To fuel their drive, Schaeffer said they greeted each girl at their house with a cheer and personalized sign to rev them up for the regional competition.

It must have worked, because their energy won them a first place ticket to the Sunshine State.

The high school Exeter Township Cheerleading team placed first in their division and will also be competing in Disney.

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Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel is the editor of The Southern Berks News and is the Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Emily joined Berks-Mont in March 2013. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural and Media Studies. Emily is a native of Allentown, Pa. Reach the author at ethiel@berksmontnews.com or follow Emily on Twitter: @sthrnberksnews.