MOUNT CARMEL — A graduate of the Mount Carmel High School Class of 1945 will lead 222 cheerleading alumni during a parade prior to Friday evening’s football game at The Silver Bowl.
Miriam Berezovske is expected to be the most veteran cheerleader to join the high school squad during the pre-game parade and as the Red Tornadoes take on Montoursville. Berezovske will cheer alongside her daughter, niece and two granddaughters, according to high school coach Eve Lyash.
The coach of 24 years said the reunion is possibly the first for the program, which was first recognized in yearbooks in the 1940s, but may go back even further. Former cheerleaders from as far away as California will be attendingthe special event. People can still attend and all events are optional, she said.
Alumni will be meet near the fieldhouse at the Silver Bowl at 5:15 p.m. and will be transported to a parade staging area at Third and Hickory streets. Current and former cheerleaders will entertain onlookers along Third Street while making their way to the stadium. Just prior to kickoff, all alumni will be recognized, and the group will then motivate football fans during the first quarter.
A Facebook site, “MCA Cheerleaders,” has been established with videos of dances for alumni to learn. Several pictures of past cheerleading squads were also posted on the social media site for the sake of reminiscing.
“We will perform threeor four band dances, which have been the same for the past 24 years,” Lyash said with a laugh.
Assistant coach Cassandra Niglio, who graduated from Mount Carmel in 2011 and continued to cheer while attending Bloomsburg University, said the squad is excited for the event. Lyash echoed Niglio’s enthusiasm leading up to Friday.
“Our goals were exceeded,” Lyash said of how many people they expected to attend. “We can’t wait.”
High school students will document the event as part of their senior projects. Alumni will be identified by shirts consisting of wording associated with cheerleading terminology and local throwbacks that, combined, form the shape of a bullhorn. A tent with memorabilia will be set up near the fieldhouse on game day.