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Thursday January 17, 2019 at 2:25pm Age: 218 days
Category: High School, Athletics, District


Cassandra Anne Wilson, a member of the Minisink Valley High School Class of 2013 and its Varsity Cheerleading Team, is the first inductee into the Minisink Cheerleading Hall of Fame, established this past October.


The alumni group focuses on assisting to raise funds for the scholarship fund established in memory of Cassandra – who unexpectedly passed away in 2012 --- as well as help to support the high school’s cheerleading program’s needs and goals, according to Coach Patti Archiere.


Cassandra’s induction took place on Jan. 12, during the "Warriors Ultimate Cheerleading Competition," where student-athletes and their families assisted coaches Archiere, Ridolfino and Zucatti in an event where 14 teams, featuring hundreds of cheerleaders from neighboring school districts, competed.


As is the tradition in the sport of competition cheerleading, the host teams perform only in an exhibition, non-scoring capacity.


“Minisink Valley’s varsity and junior varsity teams showed the 14 other teams their exceptional ability on the cheer mat this season,” said Athletic Director Tim Bult.   


Coach Archiere said the alumni group will annually induct an individual/family/business who has made a strong impact on the high school’s cheerleading program, as demonstrated through one or more of the following criteria: Athleticism, talent, passion, leadership, commitment and dedication to the Minisink Valley High School Cheerleading Program.


All honorees will continue to be annually acknowledged and inducted and into the group at the "Warriors Ultimate Cheerleading Competition."


“Cassandra’s passion for cheerleading, her talent, drive, and commitment to the program will forever shine through all of us,” said Coach Archiere.   


Cassandra was an aspiring EMT and hoped to become a physician, peer advocate for domestic and teen violence and an advocate for organ donation.


She passed away the summer before her senior year was to begin. Her family donated her organs.


In her memory, family and close friends started Cassandra’s Project and the Minisink Valley High School Cheerleading Fund.


In the event program, the high school’s teams and coaches noted that Cassandra truly believed in and advocated for the school’s cheerleading program, always tried to make sure her teammate were able to follow their dreams and was an advocate for organ donation.