EHHS cheerleaders prepare for busy season
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Nov. 11, 2011
With an upcoming all-school pep rally and football season in full swing, it’s a busy time for East Hartford High School's varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads. “Right now, we have a pep rally coming up for the whole school on Nov. 23, and we will be providing the entertainment on the field,” said coach Rachel Macri, who is in her second season as head coach.
Cheerleading spans two seasons – football and basketball – followed by state competition. The squad will also hold tryouts in a few weeks for the spring season. Macri said she was expecting a large turnout at those tryouts, which will be held Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
“East Hartford cheerleaders are pretty well known,” she said. “We've won the state for four years in a row – we came in fourth in our division last year.”
Macri, a student at University of Connecticut, is a former East Hartford High School cheerleader, as are assistant coaches Brittany Whitworth and Samantha Hart. Whitworth and Macri, who graduated in 2008, are also former team members. Hart, a student at the University of New Haven, graduated in 2007.
“When our coach who created the program left a few years ago, we decided to take it over to keep it going, since we were the people who knew it best,” Macri said.
Senior captains on the team this year are Haeley Mulholland and Tiffany Boupha. "Right now, we're practicing our stunting and jumping and working toward competition,” Mulholland said. “One of the things I like about cheerleading is that you can always get better – there is always something new to do.”
"I like the camaraderie that we have as a team, the fact that we have so much in common,” Boupha said. "I think there is a lot about cheerleading that prepares you for other parts of your life.”