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Windsor Varsity 2006

Cheer squad does a little more than just cheer

Team has become so competitive, tryouts are now being held

The impact of the Windsor High School varsity cheer team goes beyond just showing up at football games.

The 18 kids on the team, including seven seniors, supply much of the spirit at the high school and have competed successfully in their own right as athletes representing the school.

The crop of Warriors cheerleaders you see at home and away football games had to try out last June for their spots on the varsity and JV. A new tryout for basketball season will be held for the winter sports season. That's how competitive it is.

Captains for this year's cheer team are Carly Rumrill and Andrea Tulisano. Co-captains are Brittnee Johnson and Cristina Flynn.
Many of the cheerleaders went to cheer camp in August. Johnson came away with the prize for "best jumps" at the camp held at Southern Connecticut State University. Johnson was also named an All-State selection last year.

Warriors' cheer coach Celeste Ryan said the team practices four out of five weekdays. During practice the team does stunts and dance for time-outs and coordinates routines with the school band. Each week it prepares for the game and works on other things, Ryan said.
One fun thing the team does is visit 93.7 FM for "Hot 8 at 8" twice a season with "Kid Fresh."
But then it's back to business.

"I think their favorite thing is dancing and stunting. They really get to show their athletic ability," Ryan said.
Cheerleading, especially at games, includ
es motions, cheering, crowd involvement, dance, stunts and tumbling, Ryan said.

"They're very athletic. They're very poised girls. I'm so proud of them. They're working very hard," Ryan said.

Ryan was a cheerleader at West Springfield High in Massachusetts and at the University of Hartford.

She is president of the cheerleading conference for the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC), which has established a cheerleading league. Within the league there will be a first-ever cheerleading competition on Feb. 2, 2008 at Newington High School.

Windsor High School has its own 5th Annual Windsor Warrior Challenge on March 1. Ryan is expecting 7 to 10 schools for the Warrior Challenge which is open to anyone in the state of Connecticut with a high school cheerleading team.

Ryan, 32, as been heading up the Warriors' cheer program for seven years. She is currently attending grad school at Central Connecticut State University where she is pursuing her sixth-year certificate in hopes of becoming a guidance department administrator. She currently is an eighth-grade guidance counselor at Sage Park Middle School in town.

"It's funny. I get to see all these girls in sixth grade grow up to high school," Ryan said.

Last season was the first graduating class she had followed all the way through from sixth grade to senior year in high school.
"It was a bittersweet year," she said.

Bittersweet as the Windsor High cheer team placed in states for the first time, finishing second.

Windsor Journal 2007

By: Don Rully, Imprint Sports Editor

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