The Manhasset Board of Education recognized the high school varsity cheerleading squad at its Feb. 16 public session meeting.
Cindy Cardinal, board president, explained that the squad has grown from a solid foundation of six students just last year, to 24 students this year.
Robb Fessler, English teacher and high school drama director, took on the added role as advisor to the group. He explained the try-out and selection procedures, as well as the learning curve not just for the squad but also for the advisor.
Patricia Aitken, board vice president, presented board of education Certificates of Recognition, and commented: "The board of education is very proud of our Manhasset High School Varsity Cheerleaders. Your enthusiasm, energy, hard work, self- discipline, big smiles and team spirit demonstrate that you really are 'Cheer" Leaders.
"The board also recognizes that you are big contributors to the quality of life at Manhasset High School through the joy, energy and spirit you display at sports events. We thank you and congratulate you on your self-discipline, diligence, commitment, and stamina that you share with all of us."
Members of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad are Corinne Avanzino, Amanda Burgess, Deniz Cokgoren, Margot Cyprus, Kaitlin D'Aversa, Caitlin Dussan, Sarah Farsijany, Jasmine Gaither, Chantel Harry, Elli Karagiannis, Tatiana Krzelj, Susan Mazer, Sanaya Mirpuri, Adrienne Peguero, Jodi Ann Perry, Christine Samela, Isabel Scimeca, Yannique Shaw, Michelle Soloff, Gaby Sosa, Georgina Thermos and Marianna Thermos.