Pleasanton Middle School cheerleaders win national championship

Asked what they'll do next: 'We're going to Disneyland!'

Pleasanton Middle School's cheer squad has taken first place at the USA Jr. Nationals Cheer Competition, competing in the Medium Junior Show Cheer Novice division in Anaheim.

The team is coached by Kim DeJoy and Natalie Vultaggio.

The squad includes Alexa Beaudoin-Severn, Jessica D'Addabbo, Sarina DeJoy, Mitsu Dill, Lexi Ewanich, Morgan Fiske, Diane Hadley and Ali Johnson.

Also on the team are Mandi Johnson, Elizabeth Lachnit, Sabrina Manning, Erin Moirano, Megan Patterson, Jordan Robinson, Meghan Serrano, Shay Simmons, Kayla Sorochak, Brittany Vargas and Lexi Venema.

When asked what they were going to do next, the girls replied, "We're going to Disneyland!"

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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

A big CONGRATULATIONS all the girls and the Coaches. Alot of work, certainly some bruises and some tears while working hard to become Champions------fantastic!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm


Is Cheer Leading considered a sport?

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Posted by MainStreetDiva
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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Way to go, Congrats, team! You Rock!

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Posted by Phoebe
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

When that much anticipated announcement came that you won FIRST PLACE!, it brought a tear of joy to my eye. The Hyperion Theater was electric with all of your flawless energy. You worked hard for this place in history. Enjoy the glory, you deserve it. CONGRATULATIONS!!

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Posted by Cal Ewanich
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Great Job!

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Posted by student
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

winning a competition is hardly considered a 'place in history'. it is called 'nationals' but it isn't like they were competing against every middle school cheer team in the country, or even the state. there are over 100 "nationals" under many different organizations. I'm sure they did a good job but their less than stellar reputation always precedes them; esp. their rude behavior towards other cheer teams and players during the basketball season.

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Posted by Cheer Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm

why did you have to break the team up into 'the squad includes' and 'also on the team'? makes it seem like some girls are favored... hmm

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Posted by Cheer parent/coach
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Great job girls! Having coached cheer before, I know the hard work you put in. Pay no attention to the student's comment about it not being a Nationals, it is, hence the name. Sounds like maybe that student was on a team that didn't win, and just can't be happy for a hometown team. I was at every game, and those Panther cheerleaders are nothing but nice. Congrats! Enjoy your win!

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Posted by Phoebe
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I feel sorry for the child that obviously didn't come in first place. Keep trying Dear and you might be able to claim your own 'place in history'. You could start with a change in attitude, that might be what lost it for you. When that happens, I'll be there to 'Cheer' you. Until then, I'll pray for you.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm

BIG WHOOP...Take that Disneyalnd money and donate it to the PUSD!!!!

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Posted by student
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2010 at 11:01 pm

definitely not a cheerleader. I am only, as my name states, a student.
anyone who pays enough money and places in one of many qualifiers can go to a nationals competition. they scored higher, big whoop. still a selfish display, in this economy, to spend so much money on a sport and a disneyland trip when others are struggling just to get food.

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Posted by Liza Simmons
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Mar 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

Wow, how can some of you be so mean? I just don't get it. I am a single mother of three children and my daughter is on this cheer squad. This wasn't paid for, it was earned with very hard work on the squads and coaches part. The funds to attend this was up to the individual and their family. For our family, this was our first trip to Disneyland in the eight years we have lived in California. I think we deserved the trip along with the opportunity to support my daughter and her peers after all of the hard work they gave.

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Posted by jordan
a resident of Mission Park
on Apr 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

wow some of you are so mean im on the cheer team! It was a big win and totally worth it

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