When it comes to nailing competitive pom routines, nobody in Michigan is doing it better than Canton High School.
That’s because the Chiefettes’ varsity and junior varsity pom squads came away with state championships in their respective divisions at the Feb. 8 Mid American Pompon State Championship, held at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
For the Canton varsity team, guided by head coach Jenny Kesler and assistant coach Gabby Cayao, the title was the program’s third overall and first since 1993.
The JV Chiefettes, led by head coach Brandee Amick and assistant coach Nikki Battaglia, won their second-ever state championship. The JV previously won in 2009.
Both teams thus capped off undefeated seasons.
They placed first in November at the High Kick Competition; the varsity squad also walked away from camp last summer with a “Grand Champs” title.
“The girls are very honored to be the 2015 State Champs in extremely competitive divisions,” noted Kesler in an e-mail to the Canton Observer. “For teams who qualify at the regional level, moving on to the state championship is a chance to win the crown jewel of the season.
“Teams as young as middle school compete, all the way up to the collegiate level.”
Canton’s varsity squad topped the field, with Heritage second and Plymouth third.
In the JV competition, the Chiefettes were followed by runners-up Northville and third-place Plymouth.
Capturing the middle school division was Livonia Pom, with Garden City in second place.
Members of the varsity are: Grace Brekke, Maigan Byars, Emily Cesario, Abby Crippes, Morgan Filmore, Aleigh Gorham, Alicyn Mabry, Clara Mason, Sophia Mekled, Stacey Partain, Ayden Peters, Shelby Petersen, Tara Quigley, Madison Santori, Brenna Shaw, Emma Stephens, Micala Tafelski, Mia Tavian, Katie Valchine and Gabby Watts.
The JV team is comprised of Claire Carrier, Nikki Christensen, Jessi Dawson, Sydney Drechnowicz, Alexis Faught, Dany Guerra, Alia Jones, Grace Jurczak, Saniya Kale, Brooke MacIntyre, Arianna Mattioli, Jenna Milewski, Kendall Milo, Nicole Piontek, Payton Rasmussen, Brianna Tetlow and Mallery Woodard.