By Kelly Glista, Patch.com
This season provided to be a very successful one for the 2011 Fall Norwood High School Co-Ed Varsity Cheerleading Squad.
At the beginning of the season the team competed in two invitationals, one in Beverly, where they placed first in the Co-Ed Division and were the Grand Champions scoring a 159.75, and then in Marshfield where they were awarded first place again. After revamping the routine due to injuries, the team competed at Bay State and scored high enough to adance to the South Section Regionals.
On Nov. 13, our team won a decided victory, scoring a 160.75 (22 points ahead of the second place team) and placing first in their division at the South Regionals and securing the squad a berth at the State Tournament. At this time the team was 19th in the state, overall. At the State Competition in Shrewsbury, on Nov. 20, the team delivered the routine of their lives, coming in first place in the State in their Co-Ed Division.
This win gave Norwood their first bid for Nationals since 1994. The NHS Varsity Co-Ed Cheerleading Squad will be heading to Florida sometime in February if they can raise approximately $30,000 to send their team. At this time the team has several fundraisers going on such as selling a Norwood Mustang Bead and a VIP Patriots raffle to help raise money for the team since the Winter cheer season is not funded and we soley rely on donations to fund the entire season.
The team is extremely excited to get a National Bid because becoming State Champtions does not happen very often. However, they must raise the money within the next eight weeks to make their dreams come true. If you would like to contribute to their goal of raising $30,000, and help the entire NHS Co-Ed Cheerleading Team go to Nationals, the team is accepting donations from area residents or if any business or businesses would like to sponsor our team you can contact Joan Scanzio Briggs at 617-759-4434. Any donors may send their checks to Joan Scanzio Briggs, 21 Hemlock Street, Norwood, MA 02062. Please make checks payable to "Friends of Norwood Cheerleading." Go Stangs!
The team needs to raise approximately $30,000 to make the trip to Florida and compete at the national level.