Springing, flipping and flying, KCA’s middle and high school cheerleaders soared beautifully through the 2018-2019 basketball season and into the hearts of the KCA community. “We had a good year,” said Anne Zabiegalski, coach of the high school squad.
“You could see their growth,” said Michelle Northam, the middle school squad coach. “It was growth in their ability to cheer, in their performances, in their strength and as a team.”
Nancy Zabiegalski, a senior, was captain of the high school squad. Co-captains were Elizabeth McCartney, also a senior, and Faith Fitz, a sophomore. Other seniors on the squad were Madalynn Billings, Charlotte Cassity, Monyé Morgan, Megan Nardo and Chloe Park. Both Nancy and Monyé were the team flyers. In addition to cheering for KCA, freshman Shavon Savoy served on a competitive cheer team, the Cougars, which won at the Virginia Regional Competition and went on to nationals. At the homecoming game, the high school squad had help from fifth grader Madeline VanCuren. At the KCA auction, she had won the opportunity to join the high school cheerleaders for the game.
On the middle school side, Ms. Northam said the team “had a wonderful year” and did “a lot of team building.” Team captain Abby Donaldson, an 8th grader, “did a great job leading.” All the squad members did “really, really well.” Standouts were 7th graders Myla Jones and Camill Barnett.
Once again, a highlight of the season was when the middle school squad had the opportunity to cheer at a University of Maryland basketball game. The girls worked with some of the college cheerleaders, sat close to the court, and performed in front of hundreds of people during a quarter break. Ms. Northam said she was very proud of the squad for how they worked together and for their “really positive attitudes.”
Jr. Cheerleader for a Day is an annual opportunity auctioned off each year! Lower school students practice with the varsity team, receive a uniform and then cheer during Homecoming festivities!