In the barrage of coverage leading up to the Super Bowl and its amazing result, coupled with record-breaking snowfall that’s blanketed our region, we’ve neglected to recognize the remarkable accomplishment of the Dracut High School cheer squad.
Competing in the National Cheerleading Association’s Senior & Junior High School National Championship in Dallas, the Dracut girls on Jan. 25 not only were crowned Medium-Advanced High School champions, they also took home the Grand National Champions title, awarded to the top-scoring team of the entire event, which drew nearly 500 squads from around the country.
The Dracut girls stole the show with their flawlessly executed two-and-a-half-minute final routine.
Winning is nothing new to Dracut High cheer teams. They’re four-time defending Massachusetts Division 3 champs. However, these amazing double victories in their first appearance on this national stage qualify as an achievement of Super Bowl proportions.
Head coach Scott Rigoli and assistant coach Brad Burlamachi should be congratulated for molding this team into the unparalleled juggernaut it’s become.
But the ultimate honor must be bestowed on the 16 girls who make up this exceptional team. Their countless hours of practice and self-sacrifice made this all possible.
While we won’t see a Duck Boat parade down Lakeview Avenue, the Dracut High School cheer team is certainly worthy of that honor.