Pates bring home awards
Freedom’s varsity cheerleaders recently returned from Pine Forest cheerleading camp where they won multiple awards.
The Patriots took the top spot as overall game day champions.
“That’s a pretty big one. There were a lot of good teams,” said Patriot coach Breanna Bishamber. “The girls work on a new routine and build on their skills, and then get evaluated on that and perform it.”
The squad of 16 also won first place in game day small varsity and first place in sideline chant.
“The judges were looking for strong voices, tight, sharp motions, and their interaction with the crowd,” Bishamber said.
The Patriots took overall second place in rally routine and second place in cheer.
“I’m used to going to camp at the end of summer when they’ve had a chance to work together and get to know each other, but their skills are getting better now than they were at the end of last year,” said Bishamber, who also saw the Patriots becoming a team. “They learned a lot of good stuff at camp.”
Senior Tatiana Francis was named an All-American, giving her the opportunity to go to London in the near future.
“It’s a hard thing, and a lot of girls try out,” Bishamber said.
In addition to camp and summer conditioning sessions which began last week, the Freedom cheerleaders are hosting several fundraisers.
This Thursday, Panera at 4442 Southmont Way in Easton will donate a portion of the proceeds from customers’ purchases to the Patriots when customers present the flyer currently posted on the Freedom cheerleading twitter account.