CLARK, N.J.- Arthur L. Johnson High School seniors Jennifer Casalino, Alexa Cutro, Krista Ginesi, Corinne Pencinger and Carissa Vuono will have one more opportunity to generate some serious energy together at the 2017 Snapple Bowl this summer.
“To be chosen as part of the Snapple Bowl team is very exciting and I can't wait to represent Johnson one more time,” Casalino said. “My cheerleading career at Johnson means a lot to me. I have so many great memories from being on the team and I am going to miss it a lot next year.”
The Snapple Bowl, a charity game to benefit the Lakeview Children's School for Developmental Disabilities in Edison and the Children's Specialized Hospital in Union County, will be played on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Kean University at 7:00 p.m. Last year's Snapple Bowl raised a single-game record of $50,000 for the two organizations.
“I've always wanted to cheer in the Snapple Bowl and I think it's a great way to meet new people and it's for a great cause,” Vuono said. “Being chosen to represent Johnson was a big deal for me. My cheerleading career has meant a lot to me. It has shaped me into who I am today and has taught me what it's like to be a part of a family. I have learned leadership skills and was able to create unbreakable bonds with my teammates and coaches.”
The game pits Union County All-Star football players against the Middlesex County All-Stars. Each side also selects a cheerleading squad from among the member-schools’ seniors. The cheerleaders are the best of the best, and in Johnson’s case, the best in the state.
"The five Snapple Bowl cheerleaders are state championship winners,” coach Suzanne Hamilton said. The school’s competitive cheer squad took first place in the New Jersey Cheerleading and Dance Coaches Association Group 2 championship in March.
As the school year winds down, the five girls hope to carry Johnson pride into their last performance representing the school in the charity event.
“Being a cheerleader has immersed me into the culture at Johnson and I feel an even greater sense of school pride,” Ginesi said. “There was nothing I loved more than cheering on all the sports team and I am so thankful I got to spend four years as a Johnson cheerleader. I love my school and will cherish all the memories I have from games, competitions and even practices.”
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