QND's cheer team stunting to the top

When Tracy Grant started coaching cheerleading nine years ago, she says she didn't know how far her squads would go. This year her Quincy Notre Dame Cheer Team went pretty far.

"We had the Russell Athletic Bowl appearance, we also received an American School Spirit Award for academic excellence," Grant said. "It's been a great year for the girls. They've had a lot of extra experiences that they don't normally get."

This team had to work hard to get those experiences. In order to perform at the nationally televised Russell Bowl each cheerleader had to raise over $1,000 for travel expenses. But it was all worth it. Out of the 300 performers at the Bowl, QND won the spirit award.

"It was kind of like are you kidding me?" QND senior cheerleader, Kate Sculley said. "But when they were talking they were saying that we were the most spirited and I was like 'I really hope we get this, I would be really proud of my squad if we were the only squad out of 30 to get it,' and we did. It was just like we finally did it!"

"I was really proud of the squad when they called our name," Senior cheerleader, Addie Schwenk said. "We got to that spot because of how hard we worked."

This squad is more than just a team to each other.

"It's a family," Junior, Gabby Gengenbacher said. "You're with them so much, it's like I have 34 other sisters with me and I have another mom, my coach. It's like you can turn to anybody and it's a great feeling."

The QND cheerleading season is coming to an end and the team is already looking forward to next year.

"Now we're just like what can we do next?" Grant said. "You know what can we do next? They're just always looking for challenges and they always meet the challenge."

If you're up for it, tryouts for next year's team are in April.