Lake Michigan Catholic Cheer Banquet

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Katie Wertheimer

LAKE MICHIGAN CATHOLIC– On Tuesday, March 7, the LMC competitive cheer season came to a close with their end of season banquet. With five seniors graduating and the accomplishment of qualifying for regionals for the first time in the history of LMC cheer, it was truly a night to remember.

The night started with dinner where the team and their coaches were joined by their families. Each family brought in a dish and ate a meal with the theme of “family barbeque” to symbolize the togetherness of the squad.

After dinner, the coaches played a touching, homemade video that left many in tears. It included footage from practices and meets, photos of the group, and interviews with each girl about the five seniors and their feelings about the season.

It was a truly touching display and the night had just started. Next up was awards given by the coaches to each girl.

Coaches Josh and Michelle Fairbanks not only gave out certificates, but individualized awards to each girl that displayed their strengths and all they had to overcome during the season and awards from their meets themselves.

Senior Emily Zilke was awarded All Regional Honorable Mention, Most Valuable Player, and the Laker Legacy Four Year Award. Senior Maddie Markoch was granted All District first team, All Conference BCS First Team, and the Laker Legacy Four year Award.

The award for most improved went to Ashley Herrera, and the Laker Courage Award went to Katie Wertheimer. These are just a few of the awards given out the night of the banquet.

Senior Hannah Starr was awarded the spirited award has greatly enjoyed her time on the LMC cheer team and thinks of her team as a family.

“I loved the touching video and individual awards. It was a great way to end the season.”

Freshman Chloe Simmons,  who was awarded the most reliable award, also loved her time on the team.

“This was the best sports banquet.It was a lot of fun and I loved the individualized awards. The team is a family”

Josh Fairbanks, head coach, felt the night was a great success that truly displayed how close this group of girls is.

“Our awards banquet was bittersweet. We got to honor a lot of great young women and their accomplishments from this season. We got to revel in the success of our season and spend one more night together as the 2017 cheer family. On the other side, we had to say goodbye to 5 incredible seniors and girls who have been a part of helping build this program up since its relaunch 4 years ago. We are forever grateful for the leadership and dedication of those seniors and for their roles and ensuring the future of LMC cheer.”

It was a very successful season for the cheerleaders and the possibilities are endless for this group of girls.