The Mound Westonka High School varsity football cheer team attended a camp June 17 hosted by WOW Factor Sports, a national cheer and dance company. With their standout performances at the camp, two White Hawks cheerleaders earned the chance to perform in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
A total of 145 cheerleaders, representing several high school sideline and competition squads and one all-star competition team, participated in the one-day camp. All 14 members of the White Hawks cheer team participated.
After a long day of learning and improving skills, 45 cheerleaders were selected to take part in a skills competition. Five White Hawks were selected to compete, and their final placement was as follows:
Montana Witczek (9) – Semifinalist
Katy Risvold (9) – Finalist
Lauren Weninger (11) – Semifinalist
Amaija Fields (8) – Semifinalist
Cassidy Jenkins (8) – Champion
The highlight of the day came when incoming freshman Katy Risvold and junior Lauren Weninger earned two of 30 spots on the WOW Factor Sports All-Star Team, which will perform in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and will be featured on “Good Morning America.” Each all-star team member must pay her own way to New York City, but the all-inclusive trip includes a performance by the Rockettes, a Broadway show, a cruise on the New York Harbor, a tour of the Statue of Liberty and other sightseeing around the city.
With her championship performance in tumbling, 13-year-old incoming MWHS eighth-grader Cassidy Jenkins would have qualified for New York as well. However, as the minimum age for the trip is 14, Jenkins is ineligible.
White Hawks coach Nella Witczek said there was “no prouder moment” as a coach than to hear Mound Westonka announced over the intercom as the team progressed through the competitions.
According to Witczek, the head of the Minnesota Cheerleading Coaches Association and several WOW Factor coaches and judges were impressed by the White Hawks squad. “They came over to compliment us several times,” Witczek said. “It was a good day!”
“I cannot wait to get this season started,” Witczek said. “I think it gave some of the girls a little fire for the year coming up.”
Photos by Nella Witczek
[complete_gallery id=”51051″ class=”alignnone” ]