Championship cheer squad is Florida-bound

It has been a fairytale-like season for the North Haven D8 Competition Cheerleading team, and the final chapter has yet to be written.

First, the squad of 6- to 8-year-olds placed first in their division locally. Then, they were crowned state champs. From there, the North Haven cheerleaders moved on to the New England competition, and bested the field yet again.

Next up for the New England champs is the national competition, which will be held Dec. 8 to 13 in Florida.

The North Haven D8 competition team – nicknamed the “Elite Eight” –is comprised of Sophia Asprelli, Giuliana Capozzo, Stella D'Angelo, Violet Danis, Charlotte Defrancesco, Victoria DeSimone, Madelyn Gherman and Sadie Hettrick, and is coached by Jenn Hettrick and Lindsay Capozzo.

Before setting off for the Sunshine State, on Sunday, Dec. 5, the local cheerleaders will be recognized by First Selectman Michael Freda at North Haven’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

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