Update: Congratulations to the PWHS Cheerleaders for being named fifth in the nation for Traditional Cheer!
The Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Cheerleaders invited friends and family to one last performance on Wednesday, February 5, before heading to the 2020 UNC National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida.
With first place wins at regional competitions and a sixth place finish at the Pennsylvania state championships, the team qualified for the national competition in two categories: Game Day and Traditional Cheer.
"We've been looking forward to this trip the entire year," said PWHS Senior Caitlyn Wakefield. "We've been going to competitions to get qualified for it, going to competitions to prepare for it, and now it's that last final competition — and it's something that we have really been pushing for at every practice."
The cheerleading season is the longest of any sport, covering both football and basketball seasons while preparing for their own competitions. As a result, the audience for the send-off included several athletes from other teams.
"They come to our games and show their support, and we just thought it was natural to come show our support back to them," said PWHS Senior Christopher Pierce, a member of the football team.
In addition to performing their routines at Wednesday's event, the PWHS Cheerleaders also got a special video message from Jerry Harris, a Navarro College cheerleader from the Netflix documentary series "Cheer." He suggested that they "practice how they're going to perform and perform how they practice" and encouraged the girls to leave it all on the mat.
"I'm looking forward to being with my team and getting that one last hit on the floor. That feeling, after you get off the floor and hit, is something that you can't replace," said PWHS Senior Daisy Micarsos. "I love my team; it's like a family."
And the coaching staff: Head Coach Debbie Tornetta, Assistant Coaches Nicole Molinaro, Nicole Campbell and Kate Moore — all PWHS alumni — couldn't be prouder.
"I love watching their faces before going on. The adrenaline is pumping through their body. They know what they're doing," said Head Coach Debbie "Mrs. T" Tornetta. "We're proud of them at this point, no matter what. I feel like they're already winners, because we've accomplished the goal of getting there."
The team competes at approximately 8 a.m. on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8. Their performance will determine whether they qualify to continue to compete through the weekend. Click here to see how you can watch their performances live.