WHEELING - Eighteen area girls recently competed in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla. at the Wide World of Sports complex and came away as champions once again.
Coached by Diane L. Raab of Wheeling, The Wheeling Allstars were named Level 4 International Cheerleading Champions. There was a multitude of countries represented including Chile, Ireland, England, Equador, Columbia, Canada and the United States .
Following the two-day competition, they were named champions after tallying the two day totals. Wheeling Allstars went to Disney to try to defend their title, as they performed last year and were also name champions. They now own two International Champion titles.
MEMBERS OF the Wheeling Allstars were recently named Level 4 International Champions at a competition at Walt Disney World in Florida. Pictured, front row, Haley Bowman, Brooke High School; Danielle Johnson of Wellsburg; Dakota Scherich of Wellsburg; Shayla Raab of Wellsburg; Dallas DeLong of St. Clairsville and Sarah Howard of Corpus Christi; middle row, Aubrie Reynolds of Wellsburg; Rachel McGuire of St. John High School; Devann Miller of Brooke High School; and Mia Cousar of Brooke High School; top row, Bethany Ackerman of St. John High School; Katelynn Neuman pf Sherrard; Abby Krupnik of St. John High School; Megan Torbett of Wheeling Park High School; Christa Calangelo of Wheeling Park High School; Marissa Williams of Martins Ferry High School and Mariah Sommers of Bridgeport High School.
Many hours of practice goes into the preparation to win a bid, and to have the honor of being selected to be a participant. They first qualified in Zanesville to be able to travel on to Florida .
Since returning from Florida, Raab has received emails from numerous coaches, complementing her squad for being such a gracious and talented squad. It was stated by a New Jersey coach, that after watching two days of competition, no other squad lit up the floor like the girls from Wheeling and that she will forever remember Wheeling .
This is not the only team from Wheeling Allstars to bring home a title from Walt Disney World, the Level three squad walked away with the title of Level three Runner up International Cheering Champions.