On January 30 and 31, the NHHS cheerleaders went to New Haven Elementary School, where they practiced two different group cheers with the kids they chose to perform with on February 1, after the JV game.
Diana Ribera, junior, and Lydia Pataky, senior, taught kindergarten and pre-K; Bernabe Ribera, sophomore, and Megan Boehmer, junior, had first grade; Grace Soete, junior, and Elsie McNabb, junior, had second grade; Mikayla Maloney, junior, had third grade; and Lexi Oetterer, junior, had fourth, fifth, and sixth grade.
When cheerleader Grace Soete was questioned about what the Little Cheerleader Camp was, she replied with, “Little Cheer Camp is an opportunity for elementary school kids to learn a few cheers and perform them with the cheerleaders at a basketball game.”
Lexi Oetterer was asked what they did during the camp, and she said, “When we got our groups together, we all had given our groups their snacks for the day. When the kids were done with their snacks, we taught them the cheers assigned to their age group.”
The cheerleaders were asked what their favorite moment from the camp was, and Mikayla Maloney responded with, “When the girls kept asking me to do the splits because they thought it was the coolest thing.”
Elsie McNabb said, “When we all came together in the end and did our big group cheer ‘Here We Go Shamrocks’.”
Lexi answered with, “I loved being able to watch all the kids do the cheers. They are all so cute because even though they know the cheers, they always add in their own steps and it’s super cute.”
On February 1, the night of the performance, all the cheerleaders had different feelings when they performed, and Grace said, “I was excited for the girls. They worked very hard and were anxious to get out there and perform for their parents.”
Diana Ribera said, “I was so excited to perform with the little girls. They looked like they were having fun while cheering so that made me even happier. And they looked so cute while doing the cheers!”
Great work to all the cheerleaders and the little girls that performed at the game!