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By Emely Chamorro ’15

Don Bosco Cheerleaders

Posing with Tiger, the team mascot, are the Don Bosco Tech Cheerleaders (left to right): IH sophomore Scarlett Chavez, sophomore Raylene Lopez of San Gabriel Mission, IH freshman Ivette Banuelos, senior Jada LaFebre of San Gabriel Mission, IH senior Isabel Sosa, IH senior Emely Chamorro, senior Cristina Candelario of San Gabriel Mission, IH sophomore Rosemary Banuelos, and junior Sarah Lopez of Ramona Convent.

Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead draws members of its cheer squad from several different Catholic high schools, including Ramona Convent, Alverno, San Gabriel Mission, and our very own Immaculate Heart High School. Each year these girls cheer on the sports teams, but they also run canned food drives, help with beach cleanups, and raise money for breast cancer research, among other community service efforts.

Can you keep up with the Don Bosco Tech Cheerleaders? Out of a team of 10 girls, five are from Immaculate Heart, including freshman Ivette Banuelos, sophomores Rosemary Banuelos and Scarlett Chavez, and seniors Isabel Sosa and myself. I am also one of five girls who make up the school’s competition team.

It’s been an amazing year for the Tech Cheerleaders, who competed at the Regional Jamz Competition at Six Flags Magic Mountain. In the performance cheer, the team earned second place, and in the show cheer, the team achieved first place! These wins qualified the team to go to Las Vegas and compete in the Jamz National Competition.

Additionally, the team recently competed in the Sharp International Regional Competition at Knotts Berry Farm. With one member withdrawing because of an injury, Don Bosco’s team featured only four girls when it competed against seven teams, each made up of 30 girls or more. Despite its small squad, the Tech Cheerleaders still stole the show and captured first place in the performance cheer category.

Throughout the year, the Tech Cheerleaders have won first place trophies at several smaller competitions at different high schools. Small but mighty, the Don Bosco Tech Cheerleaders keep rising to the top!

Don Bosco Cheer Team awards

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