On March 28, 2017, the Calvert Board of County Commissioners hosted the Calvert County Special Olympic Starz Unified Cheerleading and Dance Team at their meeting.
Calvert County Special Olympics represent one of our most treasured resources; the accomplishments, achievements, and abilities of these citizens deserve recognition. Special Olympics provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for citizens with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in sharing gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other athletes, and the community, while always following their oath of “Let me WIN. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”.
These events motivate each competitor to try harder to do better, as they strive to improve their previous best performance and learn to play hard and compete to the fullest to achieve a success cycle. Community, Friendships, Integrity, Opportunity, Quality, and Sportsmanship are the six values which guide all decisions and actions taken by directors, volunteers, and athletes.
The Starz coaches, under the leadership of coaches Gayle Watterson, Donna Allison, Kathleen Phillips, Sarah Watterson, Jordyn Cristaudo, Drew Yoder, and Sadie Hall, won the 2017 Battle at the Capitol Special Needs Cheerleading Recreation Division National Championship.
The members of the Calvert County Special Olympic Unified Cheerleading Team National Champions are: Alexea Wentz, Aleya Wentz, Campbell Allison, Alise Allison, Carolyn Banholzer, Kate Banholzer, Jake Pawulak, Annagrace Berry, Jaelynn Bauguess, Nicole Basom, Brandan Ehnnantraut, Jaelynn Baugess, Kristen Pulley, Gabi Berkley, Allison Moan, Jenna Moan, Tabitha Hall, Faith Fitz, Tallie McGirr, Grace McGirr, Nadia Gompers, Amy Walker, Carmen Houston-Ludham, Claire Blumberg, Hanna Reams, and Daniel Harmon.
The Board of County Commissioners paid tribute to the cheerleaders and dancers dedication, many long hours of practice, fine performance, and accomplishments. The BOCC proclaimed sincere congratulations and best wishes for their continued success and appreciation and thanks to the coaches for their guidance and encouragement to the team.
Congratulations to all for a job well done! Enjoy the picture gallery below.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon