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March 27, 2014

Pinkerton cheer teams are state champs

Pinkerton cheerleading squads take state crowns

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That was a final high school journey for the senior members.

Once they go off to college, some said it wouldn’t be like being at Pinkerton.

“It’s never going to be an experience like this,” Megan Chaganis said.

McCarty expects many of her young athletes to return home at the holidays and visit. There may be some tears shed at their return, she said.

“We’re all very close, a very close family,” said Kristina Toney, junior varsity coach and former Pinkerton cheer team member. She is a member of the Class of 2011.

Toney came to Pinkerton during her sophomore year and said she found a home on the spirit squad.

Current members feel the same. It’s a team effort.

“You can’t be an individual on this team, it’s like having 23 sisters,” senior Chelsea Bousquet said.

Senior Ariana Moran said they all love what they do and work hard. Regular practices last week included a lot of gymnastics, strength training and routine work to prepare for the weekend’s New England competition. Seniors were also experiencing their last practice schedule of their Pinkerton careers.

McCarty said she has been very blessed for many years to be able to lead such a successful program at Pinkerton.

She said many of her past athletes send her letters to thank her for the support and guidance.

Her cheer team represents Pinkerton well, McCarty said, serving as young ambassadors on and off the competition circuit. They are leaders and earn every point they receive when they compete.

“I’m so proud of these kids,” she said.

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