GCC's Cheer Team Wins Grand Champion at 'Cheer for a Cure' Competition

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GCC's Cheer Team Wins Grand Champion at 'Cheer for a Cure' Competition
The Genesee Community College Cougar Cheer Team and Cougarette Dance Team have returned from a very successful first time showing at the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Cheer for a Cure cheerleading and dance competition. On Sunday, February 28, cheer and dance teams throughout Western, New York met at the University of Buffalo's Alumni Arena to compete and raise funds for the JDRF's annual fundraiser. The GCC Cheer Team placed first in the College Co-Ed Limited Division and won Grand Champion in the College Division. The Cougarette Dance Team also took home first place in the Hip Hop Open Division.

The Cougar Cheer Team and Cougarette Dance Team are off to a great start for their first year as competing squads. Formed in the fall 2009 semester, the teams have had less than a year to get their teams and routines in shape for competition.

"I was so proud of the teams", Coach Jennifer Newell said. "We competed against some outstanding squads who have a long tradition of being tough competitors. Our teams worked really hard and came out on top."
The Cheer for a Cure competition raised funds to benefit JDRF and was co-sponsored by Buffalo's Kiss 98.5 radio station. Cheer for a Cure is one of the largest cheerleading competitions in Western, NY with approximately 141 teams gathering to compete from elementary age to college level. The Cougar Cheer Team beat out Jamestown Community College, Erie Community College, University of Buffalo (all-girls team) and Daemen College to take the top honor in the College Division. "There was so much energy in that arena, what an incredible moment it was when they announced our name as Grand Champions," Newell said. "We were all stunned, it was unbelievable!"

Coached by Jennifer Newell, Dean of Students at Genesee, the Cheer Team is made up of: Lisa Ames, Frankie Brumsted, Alyssa Brunette, Danielle Colvin, Allyson Galens, Shaday Gibbs, Amaryllis Labue, Michel'le Marable, Sheena Murray, Mark Nichols, Jessalyn Payne, Rebecca Piechowiak, Mindy Pilon, Kelly Rugar, Jacquay Wilder, Genna Wiseman and Lizzy Zacher. Members of the Cougarettes Dance Team include: Shartanay Gibbs, Iasiah Jones, Delores O-Boateng, Kyla Preston, Kiara Davis, Jacquay Wilder, Alexa Berry, Farah St. Cloud, Skylar Perry, Jasmine Giles, and Faatima Muhammed.
For further information please contact Genesee Cheer Team coach, Jennifer Newell at 585-343-0055 x6314.

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