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NDHS Cheer Squad Headed to Nationals, Needs Donations

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HURLOCK, Md. –The cheerleading squad at North Dorchester High School is gearing up for a national cheer competition and the performance of a lifetime.
 
The squad will complete against more than a dozen cheerleading teams from across the country in the 2014 Gator Bowl Cheer Nationals in Jacksonville, Fla. They leave for the four-day, three-night trip the morning of Dec. 29.

While there, the squad will perform with more than a dozen cheer teams in the Gator Bowl halftime show.

The team, captained by Nick Lomax, Brittany Allebach and Jourdan Partlow received the invitation during the summer after someone videotaped their routine at a pep rally and submitted it for review. It came as a big surprise to the squad members.

"Having something big like this happen to such a small town school is amazing," Allebach said. "People are surprised and so am I. It feels like an unreal experience that I'll remember for my senior year."

The team has practiced for months.

"We've been practicing since before school even started," Lomax said. "Everyday, we're giving it 100 percent, and it's not easy."

The team has learned two halftime show routines and one competition routine.
Allebach is confident that the squad will stand out.

"We're different because we have guys," she said. "You don't see that everyday. We're co-ed, and our stunts are different."

The trip cost $24,000. Through fundraisers and donations, the cheer squad raised most of it. However, they still need help. Coach Amber Aaron, who began coaching the team last December and now works with assistant coach Miranda Dickerson, says the kids will have to come out of their pockets, if they don't raise all of the money.
 
"We really wanted to make this something for them where they didn't have to worry about the money, they just had to worry about the practice."

You can make a donation to the North Dorchester High School cheerleaders online by visiting http://www.gofundme.com/5t77l8.

The 2014 Gator Bowl will be televised at noon on January 1, 2014 on ESPN2.

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