Cheer: Division 10 Vikings win national title

The Division 10 Shelton Vikings cheer team was honored by Mayor Mark Lauretti for its undefeated season that culminated with a national title.

The cheerleaders’ undefeated season culminated with the team taking home the national trophy. The 35 girls, made up of fourth and fifth graders, traveled with their coaches and families to Orlando his past December to compete at American Youth Cheer national championships.

Not only did Shelton win first place, but it had the highest score of the day, outscoring teams that were much older. The road to nationals started in August, when the girls began practicing four nights a week.

Once school began, the team practiced at least three times a week and cheered at football games on the weekend.

In October, the team took first place and grand champs at the local colonial conference competition.

From there, the Vikings then competed at states, where they took first place and had the highest score of the competition. On Nov. 23, Shelton won its division at the New England regional championship.

This regional victory qualified them to represent the town of Shelton at Nationals.

Led by head coach Michelle Civale and assistant coaches Courtney Aurora, Lauren Cisero, Tori Kochiss, Tammy Lupia and Chrissi Werner, the Divison 10 team defeated seven regional champion teams from around the country to become national champions.

The team and its coaches were honored at the Vikings’ cheer banquet on Feb. 7 and attended a special dinner in the Vikings’ honor, hosted by the mayor and the Shelton Board of Education on March 24, where they received a certificate of achievement.