The Westchester Lutheran School cheer squad captured back to back championships earlier this month.
The squad first took home the title in the International State Championship at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios March 9.
That victory was followed by a win one week later at the Knott’s Berry Farm West Coast Classic held at the Charles M. Shultz Theatre. The squad also received the Specialty Award for tumbling among a pool of middle school as well as high school students.
“I have been a part of the cheer squad for two years, and I love it. It is hard work learning the routines, jumps, stunts, and tumbling, but it is all worth it in the end,” said Grace Panosian.
Like most youth cheerleaders, the Westchester squad has been training since September. Their preparation includes eight weeks of gymnastics training by a former Olympic silver medalist, strength training, stunting and competition routines.
This squad remains busy all year as they cheer for school sports such as boys and girls basketball, and boys and girls volleyball. They also perform at many schoolwide and community events.
The squad is coached by Marti, Marge and Michelle Packman, with assistance by Preston Simpson, Izzy Pando, Pooja Singh, Star Masterton, Kaiya Crawford, Cheyenne Van Every and current student, Kristina Lorenzo.
The team members include Krystal Jones, Hannah Hurst, Natalie Coleman, Preeti Singh, Marian Gilroy, Grace Panosian, Zoe Jordan, Kaely Huete, Gweneth Leung, Natalie Garner, Kaitlyn Barnhart, Lilli Hobson and Lili Sosa.