Mt. Hope cheerleaders finish second in the state

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Throughout the day on March 15, 22 Rhode Island high schools competed in the all-girl competition in either the large, small or medium divisions. In addition, three schools sent a co-ed team, and two schools had a junior varsity squad. 

As Mt. Hope’s team took the mat in the large division, coach Debby Marshall stood between her team and the judges’ stand using gestures to remind the girls to smile and alternately mimicking their routine and cheering for each successful move. In preparation for the championship meet, Ms. Marshall said she “tweaked up” the routine to give it a little higher degree of difficulty.

“There was a little bobble, but nothing big,” Ms. Marshall said after the team completed their routine.

Choreographer Reggie McCormick agreed.

“It’s about getting everything at the time they need to hit it. I couldn’t ask for anything better,” he said.

When all the teams in the division completed their routines, they returned to the mat awaiting the judges’ decision in the top two teams.

When Mt. Hope was called as the second-place finisher, the girls screamed in excitement, huddling together in celebration.

“We’ve been the underdog for so long. This is the best,” said Rebecca Millard.

Throughout the season, the team tried various routines before selecting the one they performed at the states.

“It was frustrating,” said Jenna Rider. “Because of all the changes, we couldn’t get it to come together.”

But that all changed when it counted the most.

“We try to find the best in everything,” Jenna said of her teammates. “For once, we did.”

The winner in the large division was Portsmouth High School.

2014 Mt. Hope High School

Competition Cheerleading Team

Cailin Burke

Jessica Cerce

Madison Chaves

Morgan Chaves

Nicole Cloutier

Kristen Couto

Arianna Dabir

Sophia Demarais

Gabrielle Donecker

Samantha Golden

Amanda Gomes

Alexis Goodwin

Hayley Goss

Kimberly Mendes

Rebecca Millard

Samantha Palumbo

Jordan Perroni

Jenna Rider

Rachael Rimoshytus

Sofia Silveira

Jessica Tella

Rebecca Trefethen

Loryn Veilleux

Head Coach: Debby Marshall

Assistant Coach: Kristen Carbone

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