TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - The Tuckahoe Tigers Cheerleaders came, they saw and they conquered Walt Disney World at the National High School Cheerleading Championship.
Coming off of a fifth place finish last year, the Tigers easily topped that, competing against the nation’s top 20 teams and earning first place in the Senior Rec Division at the championship in Orlando.
With a routine described as “flawless,” by coach David Anthony Pope, the Tigers didn’t stop there, with their performance earning them a silver medal versus visiting nations from around the world, losing only to a team they had beaten in the national title championship.
“The dedication of these cheerleaders is beyond pale,” coach Kaitlyn Partenza, said. “They gave up most weekends and evenings, missed out on times with friends and family, all with a goal in mind to come home with the title of national champions and the coveted white jacket.”
Pope said that after he saw the girls perform the routine, he knew that they were destined for great things at the Walt Disney World facility.
“I always knew they were the best, but in the end it was up to the panel of judges to determine which cheerleading team was the best in the nation,” he added. “They went out on the mat, hit a perfect routine, with zero deductions and made history. I am so proud of these girls, and their coaches, for putting Tuckahoe on the map.”