Oak Ridge Cheer Rocks Disney World

The ORHS cheerleaders headed to Florida this past weekend to participate in the 2011 National High School Cheerleading Competition.  Although they did not make it to Finals, the girls did extremely well, surpassing everyone’s expectations.

Oak Ridge Cheer coach Sarah Parker said, “Our first initial goal was to get to Florida to compete.  We suffered several bumps and bruises down the road, and we had to overcome many obstacles.  The whole team was nervous beyond reason, but when it came time to perform, we soared.”

“We were given 9 minutes to warm-up our routine, and then it was show time.  The entire experience was an eye-opener for all us.  We are not able to compete every year, and we were the only team to advance who doesn’t compete every year.  When the announcer said our name for advancing to the semi-finals, we all jumped up and down.  Everyone was excited to make Oak Ridge history because no other team has made it this far.  We are hoping to get to go again next year, and maybe every year so we can compete with the big dawgs and make even a bigger name for ourselves.”

Our congratulations go out to the War Eagle cheerleaders for representing their school and their community so very well. The Cheer coaches and parents, who have put in so much time and energy in working with and supporting these girls, deserve a nod of their own. One of those parents, Jim Eastin, was kind enough to bring us pictures from Disney World.

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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