RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Junior Rams (RJR) competition cheerleading team earned themselves a trip to the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando Florida.
The team is composed of 19 Randolph athletes from grades four through nine. The team was formed in 2018 and is currently in its second season.
The weekend of Nov. 23 and 24, the team traveled to Kutztown University to compete at the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) Pocono Regional competition. RJR executed a near-flawless routine, taking first in the division, earning a first place trophy and banner, as well as the coveted invitation to compete at Nationals.
NHSCC is the most prestigious championship in competition cheerleading. Teams from across the United States work hard to earn a bid to compete at the National level.
The RJR season started with practices in August and kicked off its official competition season the first weekend of November. During the month of November, RJR competed at five local competitions earning 1st place twice. RJR also competed at the 3rd Annual Randolph Rampage placing second against six other Senior Rec. teams.
Booster Vice-Presidents Evelyn Brockman and Sharon Ruiz are thrilled at the progress of the Randolph Junior Rams since inception in February of 2018. In its inaugural year, the team earned a bid to compete at NHSCC and finished 10th in the nation. To place first in the regional division in its second year as a competition team is testament to the leadership of the of the RJR Coaches and the dedication and drive of the RJR athletes.
Coaches Dana DellaValle, Christina Dock, and Giselle Ruiz are excited for the future of the RJR Competition Cheerleading team. They have worked tirelessly with their athletes to execute a clean and difficult routine, sometimes reworking the routine days before competitions due to injuries.
RJR Coaches act as choreographers, leaders, and mentors for their athletes. The team is a diverse representation of athletes from several grades who have come together as one team with a common goal, to make it to the NHSCC.
"We are thrilled to bring RJR to Nationals for the second year in a row,” said Brockman. “We have high hopes for RJR’s success and can’t wait to see the growth of the team shine during their Nationals performance. We are excited to continue working and progressing in preparation for Nationals."