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Tryouts will be held for students interested in cheerleading for both the High School and Middle School squads during the weeks of May 2 and 9.  If you are interested in trying out, please read this carefully:

HIGH SCHOOL SQUADS consisting of students entering 9th grade (freshman), entering 10th, 11th, 12th (JV and Varsity)

Monday, May 2 Practice 6-8 @NAI
Tuesday, May 3 Practice 6-8 @NAI
Wednesday, May 4 Practice 3-5 @NAI (open gym)
Thursday, May 5 Try-out JV and Varsity 4:30-? @NAI
Friday, May 6 Try-out Freshman 4:30-? @NAI

MIDDLE SCHOOL SQUADS consisting of students entering 7th and 8th grades at Marshall Middle School, Ingomar Middle School and Carson Middle School

Monday, May 9 Practice 3:30-5:30 @NAI
Tuesday, May 10 Practice 3:30-5:30 @NAI
Wednesday, May 11 Practice 3:30-5:30 @NAI (open gym)
Thursday, May 12 Try-out 5:30-? @NAI
Carson Middle School
Ingomar Middle School
Marshall Middle School

All interested cheerleaders and a parent must attend a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, April 27, in the NASH auditorium.  High School cheerleaders and parents at 6:00 pm.  Middle School cheerleaders and parents at 7:00 pm.  Please be on time!!!!!

Any question that cannot wait until the meeting can be directed to: Leslie Hood @ lhood@northallegheny.org.

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North Allegheny Cheerleaders will teach you Cheers! Chants! Dance! at NAI on Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 am.  The mini camp is open to students entering grades 1-.  Cost will be $50.00 (includes Camp T-Shirt).  Registration will be on Monday, May 9th and Wednesday May 25th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Teachers Cafeteria at the NA Senior High School.  For questions, contact Kim Henderson at 412-367-4212 or Gayle Sauer at 412-741-6765.

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Click here for Application Form!

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The national competition in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was such a fun trip!  It is really a great opportunity to get to know everyone on a personal level.  We had a blast!  The girls competed both Saturday and Sunday.  Their scores for both days were combined, ant they received a third place trophy.  All of the coaches were so proud of their performances.  They had never performed so well.  We go to see a lot of other great cheerleading squads from all over the country, too.  It was a great conclusion to our year.  Great job, girls!!!!

-Leslie Hood, Varsity Coach

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Cheerleading Competition Schedules

          In addition to their cheerleading duties for their respective squads, each squad has also taken on the additional challenge of competing against other school squads.  This challenge involves the additional time not only for the competitions themselves, but also for developing and practicing a competition routine that showcases their talents.  The competitions give them an opportunity to accomplish a goal for themselves.

Competing is not new in the history of North Allegheny Cheerleading, but it has taken on a new focus over the past few years with the hiring of competition-experienced coaches and the establishment of minimum tumbling requirements for try-outs.  The Freshman, J.V. and Varsity squads are all involved in local competitions throughout the year, and the Varsity squad is eligible to travel to a National competition if they can qualify for it.  Two years ago, the Varsity squad attended the ECA Nationals at Williamsburg, VA and took home an 8th place trophy.  Last year, the Varsity squad traveled to the Cheer America competition in Orlando Florida and brought home a second place trophy.  This year, they will be attending the CANAM Nationals in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on March 19th and 20th.  In addition, the Freshman and J.V. squads will be attending a new Pittsburgh national competition on April 8-10. 

Click here to see the competitions attended by the squads this season.  Comments from the coaches follow the listing when available.

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Get to Know the 2004-2005
North Allegheny Cheerleading Coaches  

Dana Thomas—Cheerleading Coordinator/Tumbling Coach

          Dana has been coaching gymnastics for 12 years and cheerleading for 6 years.  She is USA Gymnastics Safety Certified.  She teaches weekly tumbling classes for North Allegheny cheerleading squads from Middle School through Varsity.  She also works closely with the Freshman, J.V., and Varsity coaches in planning out the competition routines and the competition schedules.  Her goals for North Allegheny cheerleading this year are as follows:

(1)     All squads should have proper conditioning so that they can successfully handle the demands of cheerleading.

(2)     All squads should have minimum tumbling requirements so that they can be more competitive.

(3)     The Varsity squad should win a National Championship and gain greater respect for cheerleading as a sport.

Leslie Hood—Varsity Coach

          Leslie is in her second year as the North Allegheny Varsity Cheerleading Coach.  She has received a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters degree in special education and is currently teaching 7th grade learning support at Ingomar Middle School.  Her cheerleading experience includes JV/Varsity Cheerleading Captain at Shaler Area High School, including being a part of the 1996 State Championship Squad.  In college, she cheered 3 years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been an Elite Cheer Instructor.  Her goals for the North Allegheny Varsity Cheerleading Squad are as follows:

(1)     Goal for the 2004-2005 squad:  Win a first place National Title at Myrtle Beach.

(2)     Goal for the 2005-2006 squad:  Defend our National Title and bring home another first place trophy.

  Kelli Igims Dmitrzak—Junior Varsity Coach

Becky Brown Troppman—Freshman Coach

Kathy Irvin—Stunting Coordinator

          Kathy currently attends Slippery Rock University.  She is in her fourth year and is majoring in business management.  Her cheerleading career stems back to Shaler Area Cheerleading where she cheered and was a captain her sophomore year.  She also competed for an All-Star gym, PCC, her sophomore year.  During those years she took home two National Titles and had many individual accomplishments.  One of her individual accomplishments was Pittsburgh’s #1 Cheerleader.  She also took that title home the following year as well.  Another big individual award she received was placing 4th at Nationals.  She also cheered for PAC where she won many titles and coached for 2 years.  She is now on the Slippery Rock coed squad, which just recently won second place at UCA Nationals.  Furthermore, at the age of 20, Kathy opened her own All-Star gym, All-American Cheer & Dance Elite.  Her goal for the squads is:

(1)   Varsity squad will win a National title at Myrtle Beach this March.

(2)   J.V. & Freshman will bring home 1st place titles from Pittsburgh’s Cheer Nation in April.

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Click here to go to booklet!

Included in the cheerleaders booklet is information about costs, time commitment, expectations and other essential information concerning high school cheerleading.


Any questions or comments should be directed to Athletic Director Bob Bozzuto at:  bbozzuto@northallegheny.org


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