STATERS — NRHEG cheerleaders trying out for the All State team were, from left: Nicole Edon, Jessica Nafe, Taylar Tieskotter, Abby Christopherson, Abby Wacholz, Bayli Possin and Lizzy Hagen. (Submitted photo)
By JIM LUTGENS
If you live around here and you’re paying attention, you already know the NRHEG High School cheerleaders are among the best in the state of Minnesota.
They proved it again Saturday, Oct. 10.
Seven NRHEG seniors tried out for Minnesota All State at Park Center High School. Five made the cut.
“All the girls did an amazing job and we’re very proud of each of them,” said NRHEG cheerleading advisor Kari Buendorf. “They will be learning a new routine with the members of the All State team this winter and then performing at the Minnesota State Cheerleading competition in late January.”
There are two divisions for All State, competitive and sideline, with boys and girls from throughout the state trying out.
NRHEG’s Bayli Possin made the competitive team for the second year in a row.
“She had to choreograph her own dance routine with jumps, tumbling, and dance moves,” explained Buendorf. “She also was given words to a cheer but had to come up with motions.”
“I went into All State a little nervous,” said Possin. “It was scary for me to try out for both sideline and competition, but I went into it with confidence that I would do my best and even though I didn't make sideline, I am so proud of the ones that did and I am still happy to have made the competition team.”
NRHEG’s Jessica Nafe, Abby Wacholz and Taylar Tieskotter made the sideline All State team for the first time, and Nicole Edon made it for the second year.
“These girls had to learn a dance and cheer, which they had to perform in front of judges,” said Buendorf.
“I was nervous to try out as any other participant was, but I was also excited because All State is just a super fun event,” said Edon. “It is such an honor to have made the team again. Being able to participate on a team with girls from many different schools who share the same passion you have for cheerleading is indescribable.”
Nafe said it’s a huge honor to make the All State team.