NORWALK, Conn. – Members of two Norwalk Packers Cheerleading teams could barely contain their excitement Wednesday as they prepared to board a bus to take them to the American Youth Cheer National Championship in Florida this weekend.
The under-10 and under-13 teams from Norwalk are both defending national champions and are heading to Orlando to for back-to-back championships. Both teams won their divisions at the New England Regional Championships in Manchester, N.H., last month.
“We’re very excited. Hopefully we’ll win first place again,” said Jordyn Kidd, a fifth-grader at Columbus Magnet School.
Other members of the U10 team were confident that they have what it takes to pull off another win.
“We practice hard and we work hard. We have very good stunts and tumbling,” said Grace Papadakos, a fourth-grader at Marvin Elementary School.
“We have really good choreography and we work together,” said Claudia Stuart, who is also a fourth-grader at Marvin.
U10 coach Kelcie Wehmhoff said she believes the teams can pull off another win.
“Both teams are ready to compete, they’re ready to go and have fun,” she said. “They’ve been working really hard. They’ve had their routine down since mid-September. I have a lot of confidence in them.”
The other members of the U10 team are E’yjah Bledsoe, Morgan Carroll, Jordyn Dixon, Grace Fatone, Damaris Flores, Ava Greco, Ashley Johnson, Jillian Limone, Sadi Mantel-Sharkey, Rosie Marshall, Josie Marshall, Olivia Moses, Sharon Parrish, Rebeca Rodriguez, Victoria Rupar, Courtney Sharkey, Sara Spielman, Diamond Taylor, Aniyah Taylor, Iyanni Valentine and Da’Nasia Watson. Wehmhoff is the head coach, assisted by Kelly Johnson, Anne Aguiar-Asta, Nadine Moess and Krystal Rupar.
The members of the U13 team are Evelyn Barragan, Angelina Castillo, Xenia Coleman, Frankie Anne DeLeo, Caroline Desmonts, Kira Diaz, Daniella DiBlasio, Lily Fosella, Summer Hall, Brianna Johnson, Gracen King, Anna Korytnyuk, Mikayla Lewis, Landon Matkins, Jacqueline Moses, Sydney Mouzon, Shelby Oak, Jessia Pia, Michelle Porcheddu, Daisy Restrepo, Shanti Ruffin, Damiana Tuck, Leah Washburn and Amanda Wasserman. The head coach is Aguiar-Asta, assisted by Wehmhoff, Alyssa Aguiar, Cori Iannazzo and Charlette Lewis.
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