RUTLAND—History was made for Vermont on Feb. 25 in Ocean City, Md., when the Rutland High School’s Varsity Cheerleaders won Vermont’s very first National Cheer Championship title against teams from across the country at the Reach the Beach National Competition.
The day started with one of RHS’s stunting groups’ first-place win at the stunting competition.
Under the guidance of Head Coach Cara Gauvin and Assistant Coach Dominique Gatto, the RHS Raider Cheerleaders are three-time state champions and two-time New England champions. They placed second at Nationals in Dallas in 2015. RHS Cheerleaders currently have 12 seniors on the team, including 11 girls and one boy. Upon arrival back from Maryland, the team was escorted by Rutland City police and fire trucks, followed by a caravan of families from Center Rutland, to the Diamond Run Mall, where they were greeted by community members holding signs and cheering their success. The Raiders cheerleading team members are: Elise Bouchamp, Olivia Patrick and Maya Sobel (ninth grade); Maddi Bourassa, Aubrianna Dydo and Haley Lear (10th grade); Summer Amerio, Gabby Chadwick, Abigail Clark, Revi Cooper, Kelsey Lockerby, Ainsley Pagano and Alexa Wortman (11th grade); Taylor Bates Jordan Brothers, Sara Clark, Hannah Coburn, Schylar Corsones-Brown, Mya Cyr, Leah Davis, Alex Forte, Michael Orvis, Shelby Senecal, Rachelle Towle and Sabrina Zoludek (12th grade).
The team now moves on to compete one more time for New Englands on March 18 in Providence, R.I.
Photo by Nancy Greenwood
Rutland cheerleaders pose by the bay in Ocean City, Md.