GRAFTON— The Grafton High School Cheerleading squad held their annual fundraising event, the Little Miss Bearcat Competition, in support on their program, and now Grafton is home to some new royalty.
Prior to the kickoff of the Grafton/Richwood game on Friday evening, the contestants for the 2021 contest were introduced, the top three winners were recognized, and a new Little Miss Bearcat was crowned.
This year, ten contestants entered vying for the crown in support of the Lady Bearcat cheerleaders.
The contenders included Savannah Densmore, Jorgia Halbritter, Hadley Haddix, Layla Geiger, Eilene Miles, Karlie White, Brinzlee Dieringer Hallie Rose Waters, Peyton Simmons and Victoria Quinn Radabaugh.
Each contest was introduced and escorted along the sideline with their cheer sponsor, where they were presented with a new cheer backpack, a Little Miss Bearcat t-shirt, cheer shorts, candy and a cheer bow from their sponsor.
Once everyone was introduced, it was time to reveal the finalists, and earning second runner-up was six-year-old Karlie White.
White is the daughter of Kiesha and Matthew White and attends Anna Jarvis Elementary School. She enjoys spending time with her friends and dancing.
White’s cheer sponsor was GHS Mascot Mattie Shaver.
Taking the title of first runner-up was Brinzlee Dieringer, with her cheer sponsor Marissa Siders.
Deringer is also six years old and is the daughter of Breanna and Derek Dieringer. She attends West Taylor Elementary and enjoys outdoor activities, along with playing with her pets.
And this year, winning the crown and title of Little Miss Bearcat 2021 was three-year-old Victoria Quinn Radabaugh.
Radabaugh is the daughter of Christopher and Kharabeth Radabaugh. She enjoys playing with her barbies and loves all things that sparkle. Radabaugh also likes to swim and spend time with her brother, Kyus.
Her cheer sponsor was GHS freshman Hannah Stevens, and together they collected a grand total of $4,003.57.
Each of the runners-up were presented with a sash, flowers and a trophy, from the 2019 Little Miss Bearcat, Gracelyn Wood, with assistance from coordinator Pam Harman.
Little Miss Bearcat herself was also awarded these things in addition to her crown.
The monies earned through the fundraising efforts go directly to the support of the Grafton High School Cheerleading program.
The GHS cheerleaders extended their gratitude to all of the contestants and their parents, as well as to the community and businesses for the overwhelming support, with a special thanks to Harman, GHS secretary Regina May, GHS administration; Lori Shumaker, Matt Knopp and Bryant McCarthy, along with Athletic Director Rich Bord.
Local sponsors for the effort included, Little Feet Daycare; Tygart Electric; Blue Line Barber; The Flower Market; L&B Dental; David Poston; Triple Fresh Detailing LLC; Hardcore Hunters; Phils Tire and Auto Repair; Dave Cantu; Frank and Dee Sturm; Cutting Edge; Toothman Ford Sales; RJS Electrical; Complete Eye Care; Glo Aesthetics at Bridgeport; Pat, Charlene and Jason Geiger; House of Fashion; Rebecca’s Dance Studio; Goots Produce; Twin Oaks Restaurant; Quality Home Comfort; Grafton Family Dentistry; Family Fishing and Camping; Bridgeport Family Dentistry; Bumpy’s Back Flows; Milestones Music LLC; Taylor Health Care Center; Pinewood Medical Center; Dr. Cassandra Zelenak, DDS; and Summers Farm.
GHS cheer coaches Chatera Mooris and Alyssa Duckworth also want to remind the community to come out and support the Lady Bearcat squad at Regionals on Saturday, November 6 at Brooke High School.
The competition begins at 2:00 p.m., with doors opening to the public at 1:00 p.m. The Big Ten Cheer Competition will take place the following week on Tuesday, November 9 at Lewis County High School at 6:00 p.m.