Ridley Park Cheerleaders To Compete At National Competition

Posted: July 19, 1992

The Ridley Park Athletic Club Senior Cheerleaders have won a chance to compete in the NCA National Cheerleading Championship in Dallas Dec. 28 and 29.

The 17-member squad of girls ages 12 to 14 will be the only team in the national competition that is not affiliated with a school.

The Ridley Park Junior Cheerleaders won the 1992 NCA Team Award, the Team Trophy and the NCA Spirit Award.

Junior and senior coaches are Lisa Berry, Dara Bonnes, Barbara Liberati and Liz DiCostanzo, who is also the club's cheerleading director.

Members of the senior team are: Holly Adams, Shannon Barrien, Christa Clendenning, Angie DeMaio, Bernadette Dougherty, Shelie Dulin, Dana Erieg, Danielle Hassuik, Lisa Liberati, Gabrielle Longo, Megan McCormick, Katie Poynter, Kristen Rodgers and Megan Schultz.

Members of the junior team are: Krista Burns, Lauren DiCostanzo, Lizzy DiCostanzo, Rachael Erieg, Dana Kelly, Christy Madison, Courtney McCormick, Maureen McQuade, Erin Murtna, Michele Urban, Gina Valletti and Debbie Vermuelen.

To cover expenses associated with the national event, the team must raise $10,000. Donations may be sent by check to the Ridley Park Cheerleading Fund, 406 Park St., Ridley Park, Pa. 19078.

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Seventh graders at E.T. Richardson Middle School in the Springfield School District have named horror author Stephen King as one of their favorite writers.

The students read a minimum of five books each and selected the following titles as their "Best Books": WolfRider by Avi, Cujo by Stephen King, Jason and Marceline by Jerry Spinelli, Silver by Norma Fox Mazer, Incident on Hawks Hill by Allan Eckert, Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice, The Hobbit by J.J.R. Tolkien and Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen.

Dennis Wilson, a teacher in the Upper Darby School District since 1973, has been named principal of Aronimink Elementary School. His appointment followed the promotion of former principal Merle Horowitz to district director of curriculum.

Wilson began his career as a fifth-grade teacher at Garrettford Elementary School and later was transferred to Cardington-Stonehurst Elementary School for two years.

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