By Cody Willoughby
TROY — Residents of the Clare Bridge Memory Care division at Brookdale Senior Living were treated to some local school spirit on Thursday when the Trojan cheerleaders came to perform their routine.
Tina Mellieon, the program manager at Clare Bridge, loves to arrange such activities for the residents to keep them involved.
“We have past school board members, former teachers, and even former cheerleaders here,” Mellieon stated. “This means a lot to them to be a part of the community, and for the girls to reach out and allow them to participate in life.”
Tonight’s Troy-Piqua rivalry game will mark the end of the regular season. For five of Troy’s cheerleaders, it will be their final game with the squad before graduation.
“I’m sad that it’s over but I’m glad that our last season was so successful for the football team,” said senior Sophie Virgallito, who hopes to cheer at Bowling Green University, where she will major in physical therapy.
Senior Julia Black, who hopes to cheer at the University of Dayton while majoring in pre-med or physical therapy, said, “I’m excited to finish out a fantastic season with the best possible people I could cheer with. The Troy football program is amazing, and I’ve been proud to cheer for them.”
“It’s sad knowing it’s the last Piqua game, but it’s also very exciting,” said senior Haley Beeler, who hopes to cheer at Miami University, while majoring in physical therapy or business.
Senior Sydney Hafer, who would like to pursue early childhood education at Miami University, stated, “I’m emotional that it’s ending, because I love the girls I’ve cheered with and being on the sidelines with the guys this season.”
“I got to cheer with the exact same girls every year,” said senior Danielle McDonagh, who plans to attend Wright State University for early or middle childhood education. “That’s made me very happy, and I look forward to finishing strong with them.”
The Troy-Piqua game commences at 7 p.m. tonight at Troy Memorial Stadium.