The Newtown Nighthawks D15 Cheer Team are headed to Orlando, FL to compete in the 2011 AYC National Championships next week.
The team placed second Sunday, at the 2011 AYC Northeast Regional Championships in Worchester, MA, which advances them to the national competition Dec. 10.
To help defray the costs of the trip, the cheerleaders and their friends and family will be hosting a variety of fundraising events, starting Tuesday, Nov. 29 when the girls cheerfully greeted shoppers at spots, such as Ace Hardware, Nina Nails and Salon Michele.
Contributions to the team also can be deposited into decorated donation cans, which have been placed at various businesses throughout town.
On Sat., Dec. 3, the cheerleaders and their winning smiles will be at the Newtown Youth Academy from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and downtown at the Sandy Hook Tree Lighting beginning 4 p.m.
Also, on Mon., Dec. 5, My Place restaurant will be hosting a “Support Newtown Cheer” fundraiser, starting at 5 p.m., during which the eatery is generously donating 20-percent of its sales to the team. This applies to eat-in and take-out. Be sure to mention the Newtown Nighthawks Cheer Team.
The team would like to thank My Place for its continued involvement in our community.
The cheerleaders are coached by Susan Bridges and assistant coaches Lori Rohrbacher and Chris Hughes. Demonstrators are Meredith Bridges, Madalyn Petrovich and Samantha Rohrbacher.
The cheerleaders are Chloe Amante, Sarah Bender, Madeline Bridges, Anna Buzzanca, Jamie Calandro, Carolyn Del Rossi, Madison Duffy, Madalene Gelinas, Celia Gold, Emma Horne, Lindsay Hoyt, Laken Hughes, Kayla Kordish, Samantha Lotko, Danielle Mola, Julia Monaco, Christina Moore, Jessica Mullany, Julianna Patelli, Jacqueline Sgobbo, Kayla Sippin, Lindsay Skalkos, Laura Sullivan, Julia Wiberg, Nicole Zaccaro and Elizabeth Zambernardi.