L-W East Cheerleaders crowned State Champions
Monday, February 9, 2015

The Lincoln-Way East cheerleaders made history this past weekend, winning the schools second state championship.

This was an awesome season. The sense of pride that our community and our school gets from a state championship is tremendous. Congratulations to the girls and the coaches on earning this trophy. Seniors, we thank you for the standard of excellence you have established. You have set the bar high for future teams. You have represented LW East very well. We are excited to see you in your future endeavors, Mark Vander Kooi, East Athletic Director, told the large crowd of parents, family, community members, school board members, faculty and staff as he welcomed everyone to the school auditorium for a trophy presentation, on Sunday, February 8, the day after the Easts cheerleaders won the 2015 IHSA Large Division Cheerleading State Competition at US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL.

This is the second year in a row that L-W East Cheerleaders have won the IHSA state championship and brought home the first place trophy; making this the first back-to-back state championships in cheerleading for the Lincoln-Way High School District 210.

These girls are amazing in every way. They are great athletes, students and most of all, role models. They are proof positive that if you work hard and work together that ANYTHING can happen, stated Jayson Polard, L-W East head varsity cheerleader coach.

Jayson continued, We graduated 11 seniors and had another athlete transfer to another school from last years team, so we knew it was going to be a very daunting task to win again. Our veterans proved to be great leaders to the newcomers who came in with a strong work ethic and desire to be the best they could be. It took every ounce of effort we had and it sure did pay off.

The Griffin cheerleading team placed first at the preliminary round of the IHSA finals on Friday, February 6, hosted at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

The cheerleading teams score on Saturday was 93.73 for the championship. Second place went to Lockport High School with 93.60 and third place went to Neuqua Valley with 91.23. Lincoln-Way North earned fourth place with 90.23 in the IHSA Large Team Division.

In the IHSA Medium Team Division, Lincoln-Way West earned a state trophy placing third with a score of 88.27. Hampshire High School earned first place with 88.90 points and Columbia High School earned second place with 88.27.

Coaches for the East varsity cheerleading team are: Jayson and Julianne Polad. Julianne is a 1992 graduate of Lincoln-Way High School, and a member of the varsity cheerleading team. Her coach was math teacher at the time, Dr. Sharon Michalak.

Congratulations to all of you. This state championship could not have been attained without your Effort, Attitude, Spirit and most importantly your Team work. We thank all of you and your coaches. You are an inspiration to our student body, stated Dr. Sharon Michalak, principal, as she addressed all twenty-eight team members.

Assistant coaches are Rachel Foster and Jen Stefan, Freshman coach is Kelsey Lief and the Team Mom is Heather Bax.

We want to congratulate our state champion fans, you are the best, said Julianne Polad, East head varsity cheerleader coach.

This state championship is a testament to their hearts, and the culture theyve built, Jayson Polad stated about the members of the team. He continued they do what they do for each other.

Members of the historic cheerleading team are: Gabriella Adamo, Ashley Bax, Lauren Bruns, Victoria Buffone, Abby Carlson, Carlie Cash, Maria Corazzi, Alexa Egan, Molly Gavin, Shannon Gaynor, Elise Gevaudan, Amanda Graham, Kelsie Hannigan, Emily Heerde, Jazmynn Hodges, Riley Hosman, Ryann Hosman, Nicole Humenik, Taylor Johnson, Nicole Judd, Alyssa Krause, Olivia Mangin, Claire McGann, Rachel Raines, Nicole Schipiour, Alysen Suarez, Mackenzie Widule, and Madelyn Wokurka.

Their photos and state trophy will be permanently displayed in a trophy case located in the athletic hall at Lincoln-Way East High School.