FHS Varsity Cheerleaders know how to win

FHS Varsity Cheerleaders know how to win photo

The Board of Education proudly recognized the Freeport High School varsity cheerleaders for their outstanding winning competition season.

For the first time in the program’s history, with a lead of seven points, the team placed first at the Nassau County Championships in the Small Varsity D1 Division to qualify for the New York State Championships in Syracuse. The team went on to place fifth at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championships in the Small Varsity D1 Division. They continued to outperform the competition and reached the semifinals at the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championship, for the first time in the program’s history, missing out on moving on to the finals by just .7 percent. “This team is very special because despite many injuries, they did nothing but win this season,” said head coach, Laurie Kolodny. “It was an honor to reach the national semifinals for the first time in Freeport history.”  

In addition to cheering at football and basketball games as well as their rigorous training and competition schedule, the team also participated in many community service events throughout Freeport and Long Island including the NCC Breast Cancer Walk, Dollars for Scholars Walk and Nassau County’s NICE Team.   

The district congratulates the following team members including captains Erin Dean, Katherine Leon, Mary Mileo, Emily Peralta and Tamiah Simpson and team members Janaiyah Arce, Selin Bektas, Dashna Cadet, Lauryn Edionwe, Elizabeth Hastings, Daniela Hernandez, Leonela Herrera, Genevieve Himmelberg and Raemona Parker. The team’s outstanding coaching staff includes head coach Laurie Kolodny, assistant coaches Erica Groover and Chrissy Prisco, and trainer/ choreographer, Makira Samlal.