The Essex cheerleaders went to South Burlington High School for the NVAC competition on Feb. 7 and took first place in the Large Varsity Division.
Hornet Ruby Kelly came in second in Top Gun Jumps, and Caitie Sands came in first for Top Gun Jumps. Sands also came in first for top gun tumbling.
The Elite Varsity stunt group consisting of Hornet seniors Jenna Lasko, Kasandra Wiggett, Maureen Besade, Mikayla Leblanc, and Sands came in second for Top Gun Stunts.
This season the team has been performing extremely well and took first place out of 26 teams in Maine at the “Cheers From the Heart” competition on Jan. 31.
The squad will perform on Friday night at Essex High School and will go on to compete at the State Competition on Feb. 21 at Vergennes Union High School.
“The Varsity team is an incredible group of cheerleaders that continue to work to get better and better. They have fantastic leadership from their captains and seniors and continue to grow closer as a team. I love being able to coach them, and feel lucky to have coached the youth team as well. They also grew so much in a few short months.”
-Hornet head coach Brittany Picard