Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 15, 2018
Elementary and ‘mini’ cheerleaders celebrate successful season
by Monique Labbe
Cheerleading teams from Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School and the Island Community Center have been busy with competition and performances over the last few weeks.
The elementary school team hosted a showcase event during February vacation, with five teams participating from Blue Hill and Calais, as well as the island, participating at various age levels.
“The kids and I planned the whole thing and it was a success,” said Coach Amber Jones.
Jones coaches both the DISES team and the Island Cheer Minis, a team based at the Island Community Center. The latter has been practicing once a week and performing “just for fun,” she said.
The team also performed at the showcase and “did awesome,” according to their coach.
The DISES team competed in the state championship over the weekend in Bangor, coming in third place. They scored 77.5, a marked improvement from last year’s 42.5.
“We got recognized by the director of the event for being a great group of kids and coaches,” said Jones.
The team practiced after school and even during school vacations and days off. The team was often practicing in the hallways or cafeteria because of basketball practices occupying the gym, but Jones said her team remained positive regardless of their practice location.
“The kids had a great attitude and love for this very under-recognized sport,” she added.
Jones said she is confident that the team will continue to improve and gain new members, which will also help the high school team for the future.
“We lose a few eighth graders but I hope to get the chance to coach them more in high school so all around we are looking for great seasons for these kids next year—just like we had this year,” she said.