An amazing journey that began in Revere in early August ended in a magical place called Disney World in early December when three Revere Junior Patriots Pop Warner cheerleading squads captured titles at the National Pop Warner Cheer Championships.
The Revere A squad, led by coach Meredith Stavrinos, the B squad, led by coach Jen Mora, and the C squad, led by coach Melissa Elam, soared to heights that no other organization in eastern Massachusetts had reached before: Three teams in, three teams with national championships – not to mention Eastern Mass. and New England championships on the road to Florida.
â€œRevere Pop Warner has made Eastern Mass. history,â€ said board member Tracy Sullivan proudly. â€œRevere is the first program in Eastern Mass. to send three squads to nationals and win first-place titles.â€
Above all, Revere had a group of talented athletes who worked together as a team and set high goals. There were superb coaches who have a proven record of knowing how to teach the sport of cheerleading and how to inspire their teams to set and reach the highest of goals.
Stavrinos said the cheerleadersâ€™ determination and hard work set the foundation to an incredible season.
â€œThe kids on the â€˜Aâ€™ squad are a very hard-working, determined group. Iâ€™m very proud of them,â€ said Stavrinos. â€œThey set a goal for themselves and worked as a team to reach it.â€
Kristen Ternullo Karshis, assistanct coach of the A squad and treasurer of the RJP board of directors, credited the support of the organization and the citizens of Revere. â€œIt has been an amazing year,â€ said Ternullo Karshis. â€œThe kids have worked very hard all season. The volunteers in Revere have built a strong program that is nationally recognized and the support of the citizens of Revere has been overwhelming.â€
Mora brought the B team to its first Nationals and the squad took first place. Elam has taken three Revere C squads to Nationals and brought home three national titles.
Revereâ€™s three national titles wouldnâ€™t have been possible without the overall leadership of Carolyn Demers, who is the director of the RJP cheerleading program.
The Revere â€˜D squad had a great season as well and closed their campaign with an Eastern Mass. title. The Mitey Mites E squad was invited to Disney for an exhibition performance and it earned an award.
From Massachusetts to Florida and the other 48 states as well, one fact has become clear: When it comes to Pop Warner cheerleading, the city of Revere is a national powerhouse and it has the hardware to back it up.