The Poland Bulldog freshman, junior varsity, and varsity cheerleading squads recently participated in their annual summer cheerleading camp hosted by Akron University. The camp took place last week and was organized by the Universal Cheerleading Association.
Seven schools, including Poland, were in attendance bringing together 18 different freshman, JV, and varsity squads from around the state of Ohio. Throughout the four day workshop, UCA staff members worked closely with the girls helping them to improve and develop the techniques and skills needed to become well-rounded, successful cheerleaders.
The girls trained intensely on complex drills, new cheers, formations, dance routines, chants, and stunts. They also performed Poland's traditional Fight Song and a "home" dance which they choreographed themselves in the weeks leading up to camp. By the last day of camp, the Poland squads had received three trophies, multiple blue and red ribbons, yellow superior ribbons, spirit sticks, and the Outstanding Spirit Award.
UCA also participates in a program called Pin-It Forward which is part of a national campaign named America Needs Cheerleaders. This campaign has been created to promote all the values developed through cheerleading such as leadership, spirit, commitment, kindness, and motivation. Senior Stefany Goehring was one of 10 girls who received a pin and this honor from UCA.
Two young ladies from Poland's varsity squad also earned the title of UCA All-American, an honor based on an individual tryout during which the candidate must demonstrate talent in qualifying areas of performance. The 2010 All-Americans included senior Serena Lamping and junior Courtney Sedall. Freshman Becca Potkanowicz also earned the title as finalist in the All-American jump-off.
The final award announced on the last day of camp, the award that is considered the most prestigious, is the Leadership Award. This award possesses great value because its winner is determined not by UCA, but by all the camp participants. Each group of girls vote on a squad, other than themselves, that they feel possesses great leadership qualities and that stands out amongst the others. It has long been tradition for Poland to take home the plaque, and this year was no exception. The Bulldogs proved once again that they not only possess the athletic skills required of cheerleading, but also are respected by their peers for their positive attitudes, kindness, and enthusiasm.
The Poland cheerleading team came away from Akron cheering camp last week with top honors. The team included, in front row: Taylor Cougras, Katie Rubesa, Kayli Jack, Paige Garthwaite, Amanda McAuley, Becca Potkanowicz, Erica Kerr, Brittany Capan, Emily Lyons, and Jamie Bakalar. In the second row are: Danielle Heltzel, Riley Jones, Stefany Goehring, Amanda Hubbell, Stephanie Andrews, Sara Rubesa, Serena Lamping, Kaitlyn Ducsay, Syliva VanSuch, Courtney Sedall, and Marissa Chiaro. In back row are: Natalie Dragovich, Carolyn Carney, Michelle Rucci, Kelsey Gill, Brianna Bianconi, Makenzie Clark, Mallory Magni, and Alyssa Carline. Missing from the picture is Jenny Tareshawty.