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Port Chester Cheerleaders Place Fifth In Nation, Sixth In World Competition

Port Chester High School varsity cheerleaders placed fifth in the nation and sixth in the world during competition in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month.
Port Chester High School varsity cheerleaders placed fifth in the nation and sixth in the world during competition in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month. Photo Credit: Provided
Port Chester High School's junior varsity cheerleaders competed at Nationals for this first time earlier this month in Orlando, Fla. They placed 13th in the nation.
Port Chester High School's junior varsity cheerleaders competed at Nationals for this first time earlier this month in Orlando, Fla. They placed 13th in the nation. Photo Credit: Provided

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Port Chester High School Varsity Cheerleading team finished fifth in the nation and sixth at World Competition in the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) in Orlando this month.

The JV team also earned a bid to compete at Nationals for the first time, coached by Amanda Blasi and modified coach on special assignment with JV Coach Caitlin Maggi. This also marks the first time that the Rams' JV team is nationally-ranked. The junior varsity squad placed 13th in the nation at Nationals.

National competition was held at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena on Feb 11 and 12. According to coaches Chezdis Sanchez-Bors and Melissa Pennino, there were about 15,000 cheerleaders from across the nation and around the world competing. The competition starts as early as 7:30am and continues until after 10PM. There are up to 3 rounds for the bigger divisions and only one or two for the smaller divisions.

The NHSCC is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country. The competition was nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to more than 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide.

The following students are members of the teams:

Varsity

1. Faith Hudson

2. Kayla Gillespie

3. Darby McDermott

4. Marissa Arminio

5. Cindy Cruz

6. Carsen Swallen

7. Jade Lovallo

8. Carolyne Molano

9. Zoe Kim

10. Sydney Sullivan

11. Rebecca Salerno

12. Daniela Ocampo

13. Carli Sileo

14. Hope Baxter

15. Briana Zuccarelli

16. Celeste Crivelli

17. Leah Yusi

18. Marissa Tauro

19. Olivia Birittieri

20. Wilmary Parrilla

Junior Varsity

1. Nataly Ortiz

2. Isabella Aguirre

3. Vanessa Vazquez

4. Mariela Pineda

5. Naomi Ash

6. Ayana Rivers

7. Andrea Salcedo

8. Melissa Perez

9. Alia James

10. Theresa Di Leo

11. Emily Boccarossa

12. Adrianna Mendez

13. Dafnett Salazar

14. Michelle Vintimilla

15. Carly Ceja

16. Sophia Montenegro

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