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NO. R-93. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating the Essex High School Hornets Division I cheerleading team on winning a tenth consecutive state championship.

(J.R.H. 64)

Offered by: Representatives Heath of Westford, Kirker of Essex, Myers of Essex, Stevens of Essex and Sweetser of Essex.

Whereas, cheerleading is a team sport requiring exactitude and precision, and

Whereas, competitive cheerleading is a mixture of enthusiasm, perfect coordination, and group solidarity, and

Whereas, Essex High School’s cheerleading is at the pinnacle among high school cheerleading teams in Vermont, and very possibly the nation, and

Whereas, on January 27, before a capacity crowd at the St. Michael’s gymnasium, the Essex High School Hornets cheerleading team captured an absolutely unprecedented tenth consecutive Division I state championship title, and

Whereas, the Hornets’ near-perfect performance was wonderfully displayed as they were awarded 198 of a possible 200 points in the final round, and

Whereas, this decade of championships is part of a longer outstanding history, as the Hornets have won 14 Division I titles since the cheerleading championships were inaugurated in 1983, and since 1985, have never finished the season lower than second place, and

Whereas, the 2001 team of amazing Essex cheerleaders included co-captains Paige Hess and Liz Abrams and their great teammates, Katie Hill, Kee Gibson, Tori Ung, Ashley Correia, Bethany Sheldon, Maria Lavalle, Sarah Gaboriault, Sarah Slocum, Alia Whitehead, Crystal Gallo, Erica Gawrys, Brittany Sheffert, Lisa Maranville, Marcy Brownell, Hillary Burrows, Ashley Lords, Rachel Vitale, and Missy Lawrence, with invaluable support from team manager Marty Burrows, and

Whereas, Coach Lissa McDonald’s superb training regimen and leadership skills have proven essential ingredients for the Essex Hornets’ continued reign as the state’s undisputed high school cheerleading champions, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to extend congratulations to the Essex High School Hornets’ tenth consecutive Division I cheerleading championship team, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Coach Lissa McDonald at Essex High School.