Story last updated at 6/17/2009 - 11:01 am
JUNEAU - Alaska Elite (Excellence, Leadership, Integrity, Teamwork and Enthusiasm) is a coed competitive cheer and stunt team formed by the Juneau Cheer Club in November 2008. The Club was established by a small group of adults who wanted to expand the cheer and stunt possibilities in Juneau and provide a positive yet challenging environment for kids. The team was selected based on attitude, skill and potential. The team works with a team of coaches who graciously volunteer their time.
Head Coach Terry Allen, was a high school stunt team member and the first male college cheerleader in Alaska. He has coached high school teams in the Anchorage area and is excited to offer his leadership and experience. Allen's assistant, Aszli Skrzynski, is a JDHS Crimson Bears Basketball Cheer team alumni and has 10 years of dance training with Janice D. Holst. Gymnastic Coach Helen Imamura along with her assistant, Bill, come with years of gymnastic experience and provide the tumbling skills the team needs to be competitive. The goal of the Club is not only to grow a fantastic cheer and stunt team, but to be a team who gives back to the community. Their hope is for the team members to be role models to their peers and learn life skills as well as stunt, cheer and gymnastic skills.
Members represented Juneau and the State of Alaska when they traveled to Valencia, California's Magic Mountain to perform in their first competition on June 6. The team took first place in the following categories: Sr. High Team, Sr. High Division and Partner Stunt (Colby Nore and Nate Wilson). Individual members placed in the following categories: 1st Place Toe Touches (Emma Landvatter), 2nd Place Toe Touches (Nate Wilson), 2nd Place Tumbling (Nate Wilson), 3rd Place Tumbling (Emma Landvatter), 1st Place Sr. Stunt Group (Alena Lunda, Brad Soneson, Dylan Skrzynski, Kevin Dyer and Lucas Weber), 1st place Grand Master Champions.
In the team event, Alaska Elite scored the highest overall score of all teams with a 90.75. This was the team's first competition and was coached by Carlene Nore and Aszli Skrzynski with choreography by Amanda Dougherty and Brian Babcock.
The team would like to give special thanks to all the support from Juneau Cheer Club Administrative staff, parents, guest coaches, and the Juneau community, the team couldn't have done it without their support.
The Alaska Elite team includes Alena Lunda, Brad Soneson, Colby Nore, Dylan Skrzynski, Erik Reyna, Emma Landvatter, Kaity Wyatt, Kevin Dyer, Jessica Sorjoos, Lucas Weber, Miranda Etheridge, Nate Wilson and Siara Kelly.