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CHEER NEWS (posted 11.15.21)

Members of Mars Area High School Competitive Cheer Team gather for a photo after taking first place at the UCA Allegheny Regional competition.Mars Area High School Competition Cheer Team took first place at the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) Allegheny Regional competition, held Nov. 14 at Slippery Rock University.

In addition to their first place win, the team earned a bid to compete in the UCA Nationals High School Cheerleading Championship, to be held Feb. 11-13 at Walt Disney World Resort. The team’s routine showcases the Mars Area High School Marching Band Fight Song and “Paint It, Black” band dance.

Team members include seniors Morgan Beck, Sarah Hooper, Kelsey Hulbert, Fayth Petruzzelli and Danielle Vactor; juniors Alina GlentzerSydney Heim, Lucy Huggins, Mia LipscombElla Scholar and Madalyn Schwartzbauer; and, freshmen Mackenzie Aufderheide, Ellie Koma, Brooke Southwell, Addisyn Vavala and Isabella Yoshioka.

Also of note, the team took first place in the Small Varsity Game Day Division at the South Hills Showdown, held Nov. 7 at Bethel Park High School. The team will next compete in the Small Varsity Game Day Division at the 10th annual WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Hempfield Area High School.

For more information, visit www.varsity.com/uca.