Cheering for a cause: High school seniors host a cheer competition

The competition supports two local families in their fight against cancer.

LEHMAN, Pa. – Lake-Lehman High School seniors Angela Prest and Kara Domzalski are used to cheering on people, including their own teammates. But soon they deliver some spirit in another way.

The Lake Lehman High School Cheer Challenge is an annual cheerleading competition and fundraiser.

Angela and Kara have been attending it for several years. Now, as seniors, they are the hosts.

“I never thought this would happen in my wildest dreams. I always said, ‘I’m not going to do this as my senior project; it’s way too much.’ And here I am!” said the priest.

Hundreds of cheerleaders from schools across the region come to participate.

“The amount of kids we get here and the parents, grandparents, siblings, this school is packed that day,” coach Crystal Savage said.

“It’s really cool. A lot of the girls are making a lot of friends. It’s really good that they’re coming together to support this cause,” Domzalski said.

The reason changes from year to year. This time the money raised will go to support two local families in their fight against cancer.

Justin Jay Thompson was diagnosed with germ cell cancer in 2019 when he was 16.

Cheryl Dragon was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year.

Her daughter, Deanna, helped start the Cheer Challenge in 2007 for another parent at her school fighting cancer.

“It brings tears to my eyes that it has to come full circle, but I’m so grateful that we can help her in her time,” Savage said.

The event is on Saturday, October 22, at 9 a.m. For more information, click here.

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