By day – Norwich Youth Football League cheering team head to Nationals

The Norwich Youth Football League Under-10 cheerleader team will travel to Florida after qualifying for the National American Football and Cheerleader Championship.

The team departed for Kissimmee on Wednesday, December 8, with the competition scheduled for December 10-12.

Rhonda Exum is in her 10th year as Cheerleader Director for the Norwich Youth Football League, which is in her first year in American youth football after years in Connecticut Youth Football and Cheer.

“I knew we were good, but I had no idea we would do this in the first year. I am very happy, ”said Exum.

The team are coached by Todd Thomas, Kaliyah Exum, Makenzie Frechette and Shante Talley.

The Under-10 team finished first locally, then finished second in the state behind Shelton and third in the regional competition at Bridgeport. The top three teams from the regional championships move on to Florida.

The team members are Akaiya Allen, Alliyah Baird, Landry Bohli, Kei’Andra Brookins, Kyzarae Campbell, Estrella Capellan-Seda, Jayden Dickerson, Nyarah Jarmon, Nyla Johnson, Ava Kashar, Brianna Livingston, Jadaye Muhammad, Malaysia Pemberton, Darielyz Rodriguez Suarez, Anglian Rojas, Miloh Ruffin and Yvonne Sullivan.

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