By Beryl Rosenberg
The Oyster Bay High School Varsity Cheer Team traveled to Disney World February 7th-9th to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championship, the most prestigious high school cheer championship in the country. The OBHS cheerleaders placed 9th in their division--Small Varsity Coed Non-Tumbling. This was the first time the team competed at the national level, and they left Disney as winners.
For its 40th year, the 2020 competition hosted more than 20,000 athletes and 950 teams across all divisions. The event is nationally televised on ESPN, and videos of the OB team’s routine as well as those of other teams can be found on the UCA’s website.
Bianca McEvoy, a junior and co-captain of the OB team, describes the future of the team after their impressive performance at the national competition. “As a school, it solidifies the cheer team as a sport. It really shows the school that we are a legitimate sports team, and we work just as hard as any other team.”
Bianca, one of the team’s flyers, says her favorite part of the whole experience at the competition was “being together with the team, and getting to explore Disney, and compete in a new place.” She adds, “having the team all together all the time, it was really fun.”
Co-captain Elias Gomez, a back spot, shares that “after nationals, our team has become extremely close due to the fact that everyone had the same drive and motivation to do well. That motivation brought everyone closer together and made us a family.”
Elias, a sophomore, explains that his favorite part of the competition “was being able to meet other teams… and just being able to attend this competition. It is a once in a lifetime experience no matter the outcome.” Elias adds, “I will forever be grateful and proud of this team as well as all the hard work they put in.”
The OBHS Varsity Cheer Team made history at the national championship, and they are incredibly proud of their accomplishment. Oyster Bay High School congratulates the team and the coaches on their well-deserved success!
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