I started cheering with the Cranford PAL organization in fourth grade; we cheered on the football players with chants and clapping, but without stunts or tumbling. I continued to cheer at the high school level where I became a flyer on the very first day of practice. I participated in cheering because it was something that I loved. I loved being on the sidelines, rooting the athletes on. I never thought that one day I would be using cheering to raise money for charity.
I am able to do this by participating in the 20th annual Snapple Bowl game. I am very honored to have been selected to represent Cranford High School one last time before I move onto college. Cheering with two fellow teammates for the last time will be so much fun and I cannot wait. I also get to cheer with a friend of mine who lives in a different town. We danced together when we were younger, but we always had to cheer for rival teams. It will be great to put that rivalry aside and cheer side by side.
Snapple Bowl will be the largest game I have ever cheered for, and I think that it is appropriate that it will be my last. I am so grateful for the opportunity to cheer on some of the best athletes of Union County as they take on some of the best athletes of Middlesex County. Union County’s proceeds will go to the Children’s Specialized Hospital. Not only is being a participant in the Snapple Bowl a great personal experience, but it is self-fulfilling knowing that the money raised will go to a good cause.
On Monday, the Union County cheerleaders and football players will be going to the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside for a pep rally. We will be able to interact with the children and hopefully bring smiles to their faces. I have volunteered at Children’s Specialized Hospital before and I am so grateful to have the opportunity again and to raise money for them. Spending time with these children is life-changing; it makes you realize that you cannot take your health for granted. I always knew I wanted to become a nurse, but working with these children I realized I wanted to be a pediatric nurse and I am excited to start nursing school in September.
Participating in the Snapple Bowl game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I am ecstatic that I was chosen to represent both Cranford High School and Union County. Working with other athletes from the different towns has been a fun experience and I cannot wait for game day. I believe participating in the Snapple Bowl is the perfect way to end my cheering career. I want to thank everyone who has made this event possible because this is such a humbling experience and I am grateful to be a part of it. I hope every athlete enjoys all of the memories we make and I wish them luck in the future. Go Union County!