They went to Florida and came back second place winners overall in the country.
The Sakonnet Schooners Pop Warner Midget Cheerleaders competed in the national competition on Dec. 9 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disneyworld in Florida. They had a successful year, in the Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts Conference Competition held in Providence on Oct. 22. Next, they won their and rounds last month in Massachusetts to receive the first-ever opportunity to compete nationally.
The Schooners competed in the Midget Novice Small Division, scoring 75.95 percent, second to only the Linden Tigers, who scored 80.57 percent. See the attached .pdf from the national Pop Warner website for full details on the competition.
Cheer Coordinator Sherri Conklin told the girls that the coaches, board members, parents and participants in their organization are very proud of the squad and their accomplishments this season.
"You have done an outstanding job even with all the bumps in the road," she said. "Team members and coaches all pulled togther and worked through it all. That is what we are about. Be proud and hold your head high."
The team starts practicing the first week of August and continues through competition season, which begins in October. The girls also do cheer for the Pop Warner football players at every game, and they also have been invited to march in the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in 2012.
The Schooners are made up of 12 cheerleaders: Hayley Camara, Hayley Piccolo, Rebecca Desrosiers, Liz Sartini, Morgan Kulpa, Justine Maggiacomo, Sydney Costa, Heidi Kiser, Kiley Camara, Aubrey Destremps, Laura Destremps and Kayla Kozienowski. The coaches include Jodie Camara, Lisa Desrosiers, Lisa Piccolo, Alissa Salomon, Sherri Conklin, Kim Kiser and Natalia Konorski.