By: Matt Rothman
A 2012 graduate, Palumbo takes over the reign as the cheerleading coach for the Panthers after former coach Rachal Garris moved to Georgia. Palumbo is the second MSD graduate to be hired this year, with Max Boling taking over as the new baseball coach.
“I knew it was going to be in my best interest to learn everything I could from her so I would be able to continue to carry this program with the same standard she worked so hard to establish,” Palumbo said.
When she was five, Palumbo started cheerleading, then competed in high school while at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. This is her second year coaching and third year teaching English at CSC.
Throughout football season, Palumbo began coaching the cheerleaders with assistant coaches Ashley Speerin and Jaqueline Tsitkin and said the ladies on this team are some of the most dedicated, hard-working, and talented groups she has ever met.
The team consists of Cameron Broeckelmann, Alana Browne, Juliana Browne, Erika Burst, Jessica Camacho, Lili Conticello, Sydney Manning, Keyran McKenzie, Peyton Moser, Alexis Newland, Kaitlyn O’Neil, Grace Powell, Riley Spran, Kaitlyn Stewart, Izzy Trejo, Riley Whitman, Lindsay Whitman, Addison Whittney and Mikayla Whitney.
The Panthers started the season with a successful UCA Camp, competing in the small co-ed division, and have competed in two head-to-hed competitions at Coral Glades and MSD, recently placing third in Bartow’s Chase the State Competition on Dec. 17.
The Panthers continue their season after the Christmas holiday with the District Tournament on Jan. 14 at Dillard High School and the Regionals on Jan. 21 at Coral Glades.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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