Coach: “cheerleaders bring spirit and enthusiasm” to EHS
By Kelly March
The Essex Reporter
The Essex High School cheerleaders rooted on the Hornets and hyped the crowd throughout the homecoming football game on Friday night, but they also earned some applause of their own.
The group of twelve stormed centerfield at halftime and stunted for the home crowd, fearlessly launching members of the squad some 15-feet into the air during a choreographed routine.
“The cheerleaders bring a lot of spirit and enthusiasm (to Essex High School),” said Coach Maria Ung, a St. Michael’s College graduate who has been coaching cheer in Essex programs for the last 11 years. “They cheer on our teams through thick and thin. They’re on the sidelines in the rain, and sometimes even in the snow, whether the games are home or away.”
Despite the complexity of the stuns, the homecoming routine was just practice for the team that cheers competitively in the winter.
“The fall season is really about crowd involvement and building spirit within school, and in the winter we do that in addition to competitions,” explained Ung. “The team’s goal for fall is really to build a strong foundation so that those that continue on to the winter season can build on that when we put together a competition routine.”
“Always we have the goal of winning states, that’s in our mind the whole time,” added junior tri-captain Kally Tanguay. “But we also just look to be confident in whatever we’re doing and have fun at the same time.”
The squad will travel to St. Albans for Friday night’s football game, and will be cheering on walkers in Chittenden County’s Strides against Breast Cancer on Sunday, Oct. 21.