The Bath youth cheerleaders traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania on March 5 for a national cheerleading competition and how exciting it turned out to be.

The Bath youth cheerleaders traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania on March 5 for a national cheerleading competition and how exciting it turned out to be. It was their first time going to this competition and the cheerleaders worked hard to get there. The cheerleaders practiced 3-4 nights a week at long, late hours to prepare.
“We didn’t really know what to expect,” said the coaches, “we just kept  telling the squad to go have fun, we don’t care where we place. As a  coach you always want your team to go to a competition and take first place but all we wanted the cheerleaders to do was have a good time and  do their best. That is exactly what the squad did. The squad went on the floor and did their best and never took a smile off their face.”
Taylor Pygott said, “it was exciting and scary all at the same time. As the awards came the squad was very nervous but that nervousness changed  into excitement when the announcer said that the Bath Youth Rams Football/Cheerleaders squad took first place.
“I had lots of fun and it was super exciting to get first place,” said Amaya Collmer-Costley.
In addition to the competition they got to participate in the Mardi Gras parade where they got to throw beaded necklaces into the crowd. The cheerleaders gained a great learning experience when they were able to watch other squads from youth to college compete in different levels and categories. T
Jenny Patterson said, “all we needed to remember was the 3 S’s- scream, stiff and smile. That is what they all did. Some of the girls have been in the youth program since they were five and have been waiting for this day to come."
“It was lots of fun and we are national champions, I love cheerleading,” said Alissa Andrews.
“It was an awesome trip,” stated Gabby  Davis who has been with program for a couple of years and has gone to different competitions with the program. “As far as I know this is the first time that a Bath Youth cheer squad has ever won a national championship. This is one of the best experiences as a coach that you could be part of.”
“We had lots of fun and we love cheerleading and chocolate” said Matilda Hance and Miranda Flieschaur.
The squad will travel to Virginia Beach at the end of April to compete at the U.S finals cheer competition. “We are very excited and can’t wait to go,” said the coaches. “This is one of the best years that we have ever had.”
“Sometimes I can’t do anything right but when it comes to cheerleading I do it all right,” said Brionah Dodge. “That is how this squad thought this year. When all we hear is 'I love cheerleading' that makes you feel great and it lets you know that you are doing something right as a coach. This squad has taken the youth cheerleading to a whole new level for Bath. We are very excited to be a part of the Bath Youth Football/Cheerleading organization.”