NDA CHEERLEADERS TAKE TOP SPOT FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

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TYNGSBORO — Long hours of intense practice paid off as the Academy of Notre Dame’s middle-school cheerleaders walked away with several first-place awards, including overall first place for the second consecutive year.

Coaches Jen Sawyer and Paula Bureau had prepared the squad well for the stiff competition they faced against six other teams at the Ecumenical Athletic Association Cheerleading Competition held recently at Lowell High School.

In addition to taking home the first-place trophy as a squad, the skills of individuals were also recognized. Madison Gouveia of Billerica earned the All-American first place and the All-Star Tumbler first place. Alison Moran of Chelmsford, Meghan McCarthy and Colleen Busnach of Hudson, N.H., Crysta Harris of Tyngsboro and Madison Gouveia shared the Top Stunt Group first place.

The dedication of the NDA squad, comprised of 16 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students has resulted in achieving top honors back to back. While the eighth-graders will be moving on, they leave an experienced group of future seventh- and eighth-graders, and a novice group of incoming sixth- graders to carry on their legacy.

The Academy of Notre Dame is a private school comprised of a co-educational kindergarten through eighth elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women. For more information, contact Barbara Clougherty, admissions director, at 978-649-7611, ext. 327, or visit ndatyngsboro.org.