• James Parry

Cité-des-Jeunes students compete in prestigious U.S. cheerleading championships this weekend


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Students Maille Pilon, Emilie Senechal, and Hayleigh-Anne Abbott shown here with her mother, Cynthia Ruffino, were thrilled with the encouragement and support of Hudsonites this past Saturday while collecting almost $900 in just one day at IGA to help towards their team’s expenses for their trip to Orlando, Florida.

Some 25 young girls from Secondary I through V at Cité-des-Jeunes High School in Vaudreuil-Dorion are off to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, this week – but not for a vacation.

Rather, as members of the Level 4 Extreme Cheerleading team, Les Citadins Royalty, they will be competing in the 2017 National High School Cheerleading Championship this weekend in what is the most prestigious championship of its kind in the U.S. One that is nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to over 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide each year.

They practiced all last summer and even after school twice a week well into the evening to make, and participate in, this fiercely-contested North American championship which showcases, in essence, a combination of gymnastics-tumbling and dance and which can be made up of both girls and boys.

This past Saturday, February 4, eight of the girls who will be representing Cité-des-Jeunes - including Maille Pilon, Emilie Senechal, and Hayleigh-Anne Abbott in the photo above - were at IGA Hudson helping to raise funds towards the team's trip south.

And Abbott's mother, Cynthia Ruffino, told Your Local Journal, “The team has participated in many types of fundraising as this trip is extremely expensive. And not only have they raised money to help offset their expenses, but they have also personally benefitted as they have learned presentation skills, as well as how to create and deliver a sales pitch and sometimes deal with rejection.”

Not that there was much evidence of that at IGA. Said Ruffino, “I must say that the Hudson community was fabulous in their support and very kindly stopped to listen to the girls and generously donated about $900 by day’s end. All the girls are so appreciative of the funds they do receive as everything is shared equally among the team.”

Go Citadins, go!

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