BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Varsity Cheerleading Squad attended and placed first in its first competition of its winter season on Saturday, Jan. 12. The sixteen member team, including four alternates, attended the competition at Hackensack High School where teams from all around New Jersey competed to represent their schools.

The Cheerleaders competed in the Cheer and Dance Varsity Intermediate Division. The team took home a first place trophy in its the first time competing in this tournament. Junior Captain Amanda Anthenelli, started to cry because she was “overwhelmed with happiness and all the time the girls have spent together in the gym paid off.”

The following morning, the girls traveled to another competition, this one hosted by Saddlebrook High School. The girls took home yet another first place finish, making it two championships in two days. Sophomore Brianna Cagan said that the girls “were extremely tired from competing the night before, but a second win in a row felt insanely gratifying.” Junior captain Lexi Gonnelli was very excited to receive a clean sweep. “I was shocked when I heard our name get called in first place because we haven’t won a competition in so long. It was so rewarding and amazing to have finally accomplish a goal that we have been shooting towards the whole season.”

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Overall, the Gov. Livingston winter cheerleading squad will be cheering at Saturday's varsity boys basketball game at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Gov. Livingston Blue Gym, and will be competing for another win on Sunday, January 20, at Warren Hills Regional High School.

The girls not only proved that they can cheer on football and basketball to victory, but they also can win competitions for themselves.

Editor's Note: The Highlander is the student newspaper of Gov. Livingston High School featuring articles written by staff and guest writers covering a variety of topics of interest to the students.