There is a sense of excitement surrounding the Somerville High School cheerleading program with the return of Lorin Desrochers, who was named the squad’s new head coach earlier this summer.
Desrochers, who cheered for the Highlanders, is very eager to lead her former team as coach. They officially began preparations for a new season earlier this week when the team reported to a three-day National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) camp in Fitchburg.
“I am very excited to see what’s in store for our team this year,” said Desrochers, who teaches fifth grade at the West Somerville Neighborhood School. “My main goal is to build a team of dedicated, hard-working athletes.”
The dedication and hard work, which Desrochers mentions, should help the program enjoy a successful campaign this coming school year and beyond.
“I would love to see the program be as successful as it was when I was in high school,” said Desrochers.
As a member of the Highlanders’ cheerleading team, Desrochers was a part of two successful campaigns, when the Somerville girls took first (2007) and third (2009) at the NCA High School Nationals in Orlando, Fla.
The team’s first-place finish – something Desrochers still remembers vividly – is just one of many memories she cherishes from her time spent as a cheerleader at SHS
“When we heard our team called for being among the top squads at the end of these competitions, it meant that all of our hard work and dedication truly paid off,” she said.
“I was able to enjoy this experience with my best friends.
“My time as a cheerleader for Somerville High School is something that I will never forget.”
Providing the current squad with a similar experience is certainly one of Desrochers’ priorities, not to mention teaching the student-athletes the meaning of dedication and hard work.
According to the former Highlander, dedication and hard work were preached quite a bit when she was cheering, both at…