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Danbury High School     43 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811     (203) 797-4800

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Danbury High School     43 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811     (203) 797-4800

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The final stop: ESPN Wide World of Sports


The Summit, a beacon of cheerleading excellence, is a global stage that attracts teams worldwide. It’s a celebration of the cheerleading community’s remarkable talent, athleticism, and spirit, with participants competing in various divisions, such as coed and all-girl teams. This year, the event was held in Orlando, Florida, and saw a massive turnout of athletes, coaches, and spectators, all eager to witness the three-day competition. 

From awe-inspiring stunts to meticulously synchronized routines, The Summit is a testament to the unwavering dedication and relentless hard work that cheerleaders pour into their craft. It’s not just about the victory; it’s about the camaraderie, sportsmanship, and unbridled passion for the sport that bind teams together on the mat. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, The Summit is an unforgettable experience that leaves you inspired and admiring the athletes’ commitment.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a sprawling 220-acre multi-purpose sports complex nestled within the magical confines of Walt Disney World, is a premier venue for sports events. It hosts multiple events each year, catering to athletes of all ages and abilities. For the Summit, three of its top-notch venues- the State Farm Field House, the Athletic Center, and the AdventHealth Arena, were completely transformed into the battlegrounds for the cheerleading competition, showcasing the venue’s adaptability and versatility. 

One of the most competitive divisions at the Summit is Level 3 Junior—Medium. This division included around 30 teams in the semi-final competition. Only the top 10 teams could advance to the finals, making the competition fierce and exciting. Central Jersey All-Stars Bombsquad, with their exceptional performance and zero mistakes on both days of the competition, emerged as the 2024 Summit Champions in the Level 3 Junior—Medium division. Their last time competing, this routine was the best, surprising them with a win and showcasing their dedication and improvement. One participant, Olivia Zieser, shared, “We’ve been practicing for months, and it’s amazing to see our hard work pay off on the stage.” The last time a CJA team won Summit was in 2014, and 10 years later, they added another Summit ring to their collection. 

CJA Athlete Olivia Zieser and coaches

The Summit Championship is a premier end-of-season event. Nearly 1,000 teams compete every year, and expectations continue to grow. Cheerleading has changed drastically over the past century and will continue to prove its athleticism.

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Avery Mikyska
Avery Mikyska, Staff Writer
Hi! My name is Avery Mikyska, and I am a senior at Danbury High School. With dreams of becoming a journalist, I decided to join the school newspaper. I am so excited for this year and cannot wait to share my story :)

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