On Sunday, April 3, Central Michigan University’s (CMU) cheerleading teams held their year-end banquet to honor their athletes. Jessica McDaniel, a four-year cheerleader, was honored as a senior leader of the all-girl cheer team. The first award she received was for the Senior Captain of the All Girl Squad for the 2010-2011 season. Her second award was the Four-year CMU Program Award for completion of four years of cheerleading at a collegiate level. The most prized and team-voted award of Most Valuable Player was also received by McDaniel. Coach Pat Beime praised McDaniel highly for her awards, complimenting her for her leadership skills and an “untarnished exuberance for life.” The other members of the cheer squad had a chance to stand and give their praises and high compliments to all the senior award recipients. Katie Sakala, a junior and three-year member on the team, was also honored with the Most Valuable Player award from the all-girl team. The two former Rockford teammates were honored to be chosen by their current CMU squad for this award. Sakala will continue to cheer for CMU as a senior next year. McDaniel is graduating on May 7 as a dietetics major with a B.S. degree.
Four former Rockford High School Cheerleaders competed at the 2009 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Competition at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on January 16, 2009. All four girls are currently cheerleaders for Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The Cheer Team sent in A video of their routines and were ranked 14th out of 28 and were invited to participate in the competition. This was the second time that the CMU cheer team was invited to the National Competition and this year CMU placed 10th overall.
Jessica McDaniel and her partner stunt group competed in the 2009 College Cheerleading and Dance Team national competition in Orlando, Florida on Friday, January 16, 2009. The four members of the stunt group – Jessica McDaniel (back spot), Meghan Boyer and Marcella Morrill (bases), and Shannon Marconi (flyer) – represented Central Michigan University (CMU). This was the first time in the school’s history that an all-girl partner stunt group was sent to compete in national competition. The cheerleaders were chosen to compete by sending in a video of their routine. Based on this video, they were ranked 14th out of 28 teams before competition. The exciting event took place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in the Milkhouse Arena. After a thrilling performance, the team placed 12th in the nation. On Saturday, Jan. 17, CMU’s all-girl competitive cheer team also competed. Three former Rockford High School cheerleaders were on the team: freshmen Alex Obetts and Katie Sakala, and senior Ashley DeVries. This was only the second year for the team to compete at nationals, and they were awarded a 10th-place finish.