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Messages from senior cheerleaders and football players

The lengthy Homecoming activities at the football game on Friday, Oct. 11 cut short an important CVA tradition—reading the messages from this year’s senior cheerleaders and football players. In case you missed any, we’ve included them below (just click on the name and it will jump to that athlete’s message.)

Cheer

Football

Suzanah Albritton

  • Escorted by: Sister – Mercedes Nichols
  • Sports participated in: Cheerleading
  • People you want to thank: My mom, my Nana & Papa, my two older sisters, and my best friend Morgan
  • Plans after high school: To be a certified phlebotomist.

Gabriella Beam

  • Escorted by: Parents Jessica Beam and Matthew Beam
  • Sports participated in: Cheerleading
  • Clubs/Interests: Nursing/Singing
  • People you want to thank: I want to thank my parents and grandparents for supporting me and my best friend Connor for standing by my side.
  • Plans after high school: Attend an LPN program and eventually become a neonatal nurse.

Nicole Franklin

  • Escorted by: Mom & Stepdad – Carole Franklin and Rian VanEtten
  • Sports participated in: Cheerleading
  • What has inspired you to play: When I first started dance and ballet, and when my sister did cheer.
  • Clubs/Interests:  Language Club, Key Club, and Outdoor Adventure Club
  • People you want to thank: Mom & Rian for being there for me. My sister and brother for showing me new things and making memories. My grandfather and grandmother for taking me on fun trips out of the state. Sam Homes for being there when I need her and being my best friend. Sophie and William, follow your path and do your best in school.
  • Plans after high school: Go to college and study nursing and in 10 years help save lives.

Taylor Listovitch

  • Escorted by: Mom Pam Listovitch, Nanie, Barb Kiefl, Dad Brian Listovitch
  • Sports participated in: Bowling and Cheer
  • What has inspired you to play: My close friend Kate Overacker inspired me to do cheer
  • Clubs/Interests:  Senior Class President, Student Council, Honor Society, and Key Club
  • People you want to thank: I want to thank my nanie for all the rides to school and support, and my dad and stp mom for giving me the courage to accomplish whatever I set my mind to. I also want to thank my boyfriend Danny for always cheering me on, lastly my mom for always being my #1 fan and pushing me to do my best.
  • Plans after high school: I want to go to college for Political Science and be involved in local government.

Katelyn Overacker

  • Escorted by Parents: Mom – Billi Jean Overacker; Dad – Fred Overacker
  • Sports participated in: Cheerleading (captain), Softball, Lacrosse, Field Hockey
  • What has inspired you to cheer: It’s all I’ve ever done since I was 4. Cheer is my everything…I would be lost without it.
  • Clubs/Interests: Chamber Singers, Student Council, Ecology Club, Key Club, Hairspray
  • People you want to thank: Mom and Dad for always being there and help me be successful. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you. I love you. My boyfriend Shawn for always supporting me in everything I do. All my friends for such great years of friendships and memories. Lastly the cheer team, thanks for making cheer the best part about high school. I’m going to miss it so much. Remember to keep our heads up, try your hardest and reach for the stars. Love you all!
  • Plans after high school: After high school I  plan to get my Registered Nursing License then transfer to become a Nurse Anesthetist.

Alexis Priola

  • Escorted by: mom Charley Priola and dad Robert Priola
  • Sports participated in: Pop Warner Cheer (age 6-10), Softball (Grade 3-10), Varsity Cheer (grade 9-12)
  • Clubs/Interests:  Hanging out with friends and spending time with my babies
  • People you want to thank: Parents and family for always supporting me, Coach Darrow and DelConte, Cheer team for always having tea to spill, and boyfriend Brennan for coming to all my games and competitions and taking lots of pictures even when he doesn’t want to.
  • Plans after high school: Going to college locally for early childhood education

Connor Bennett “Boom Boom”

  • Number: 55
  • Escorted by: Mother Stephanie
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Sports participated in: Football
  • What has inspired you to play: My love of the game
  • Clubs/Interests: Hunting, fishing, being outdoors.
  • People you want to thank: I would like to thank my mother fro being my supporter, also my girlfriend Gabriella for always having my back and being my #1 fan
  • Plans after high school: To become a truck driver and travel the world doing what I love.

Kyle Brewer “Big Brew”

  • Number: 59
  • Escorted by: Jim & Jennifer Brewer
  • Position: Captain, OL & DL
  • Sports participated in: Soccer, Football
  • What has inspired you to play: My older brother inspired me to play football by watching him play while I was growing up.
  • Clubs/Interests: Hunting, football, farming
  • People you want to thank: I would like to thank my mom for always bringing me to practice. My Dad for coming and supporting me. My twin uncles Tim & Josh and my buddy Justin for teaching me the game and Coach Cole for pulling me up in tenth grade.
  • Plans after high school: I plan on taking over the family farm with my older brother.

Riley Brewer “Brewer”

  • Number: 6
  • Escorted by: Jason & Michele Brewer
  • Position: Quarterback, Linebacker
  • Sports participated in: Football, Wrestling
  • What has inspired you to play: The love of the game and what it can teach you.
  • Clubs/Interests: Football & wrestling
  • People you want to thank: I would like to thank my parents for making me who I am today. I would also like to thank my grandpa & grandma Brewer for never missing a game.
  • Plans after high school: I plan on attending Morrisville College to get a degree in environmental science, and to become a DEC officer.

Dan Cioch “Dynamite Dan Cioch”

  • Number: 82
  • Escorted by: Nicole Cioch and Carl Cioch
  • Position: Tight end, Defensive end
  • Sports participated in: Baseball, Football, Bowling
  • What has inspired you to play: My friends, family, and coaches have always inspired me to play football, among many life lessons that I will cherish forever.
  • Clubs/Interests: Fishing, traveling, part of National Honor Society
  • People you want to thank: Mom and Dad for always supporting me. Grandma and Grandpa for inspiring me to do my best. My best friend Kqworo for always being there for me and all the coaches for always believing in me to do my best.
  • Plans after high school: I plan on attending SUNY Polytechnic Institute studying civil engineering.

Kolby Fical “Special K”

  • Number: 26
  • Escorted by: His parents Keith & Wendy Fical
  • Position: Wide receiver and Corner
  • Sports participated in: Football
  • What has inspired you to play: My dad & my cousins
  • Clubs/Interests: Hunting, fishing, and playing sports
  • People you want to thank: My family, friends, and coaches. My football teach for my name “Scout-O-Captain”
  • Plans after high school: Go to college, but undecided on major.

Lucas Hartman “The Hammer”

  • Number: 22
  • Escorted by: Parents MaryBeth and Craig Hartman
  • Position: Wide receiver and Free safety
  • Sports participated in: Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer
  • What has inspired you to play: Watching my brothers’ football games, watching football with my dad
  • People you want to thank: Dad – Always willing to watch & teach me football. Mom – Being my #1 supporter. Tejay – Training with me & teaching me techniques. Brothers – Beating me up to make me stronger & teaching me brotherhood. Coach Paddock – Showing me the love of the game. Teammates – Being my family away from home. Coaches – Pushing me to become a better player.
  • Plans after high school: Attend a 4-year college majoring in biology to become a PA (preferably UAlbany)

Kqworo Hartwell “The Hulk”

  • Number: 50
  • Escorted by: Sheillease Saunders
  • Position: Left guard, Right tackle
  • Sports participated in: Wrestling, Football, Bowling
  • What has inspired you to play: The Cioch family, coaches
  • Clubs/Interests: Four-wheelin’, late night cruises
  • People you want to thank: I’d like to thank the Cioch family for always being there to have my back. My mom for sticking through the thick. My siblings and friends for great times.
  • Plans after high school: Go to SUNY Poly & study forensic psychology.

Brady Hoffman “Baby Huey”

  • Number: 86
  • Escorted by: Mom mom Gail Hoffman and my dad Todd Hoffman
  • Position: Captain, Tight end, Fullback, Defensive end
  • Sports participated in: Football, Basketball, and Baseball
  • What has inspired you to play: My dad
  • People you want to thank: My parents for making me go to all of my practices, my grandparents for making as many sporting events as possible, and my girlfriend Riley for always being by my side.
  • Plans after high school: To attend UAlbany or Cortland for Physical Therapy

Dylan Lawrence “Dynamite Dylan”

  • Number: 47
  • Escorted by: Father and stepmother Andy & Katie Lawrence, mother Andrea Lawrence, other mother Jessica Morey
  • Position: Free Safety
  • Sports participated in: Football
  • What has inspired you to play: Watching football on TV with my dad when I was young.
  • Clubs/Interests: NJROTC
  • People you want to thank: I would like to thank my dad for inspiring me to play football, my stepmom for being there for me through everything, my mother for making my life possible, my girlfriend Madison Morey for support me through everything, and my other mother Jessica Morey for helping with boosters and being there of me always & supporting all my decisions.
  • Plans after high school: Will be attending MVCC majoring in law enforcement. After college I hope top pursue a career as a state trooper.

Zachary McMahon “Zen Master”

  • Number: 70
  • Escorted by: Mom and Dad
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Sports participated in: Football, Wresting, Track & Field
  • What has inspired you to play: I love the feeling of the sport.
  • People you want to thank: Mom and Dad, all my friends that have helped me through high school
  • Plans after high school: Air Force military police

Hayden Shaver “Barber”

  • Number: 28
  • Escorted by: mother Rachel and father Charlie
  • Position: Running back
  • Sports participated in: Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track
  • What has inspired you to play: Mr. Hoffman and watching Jerome Bettis play football
  • People you want to thank: my girlfriend Destiny, Deb French, my mom and dad for all their continued support. My grandparents for watching me – even in the rain – and my aunts, uncles, & cousins – thank you!
  • Plans after high school: Go to college for physical education and become head coach of a high school football program.

Hunter Thorn “The Cactus”

  • Number: 81
  • Escorted by: mother Jody Ingraham & brother James Thorn
  • Position: (R) Cornerback
  • Sports participated in: Track, 6 years of football
  • What has inspired you to play: My 2 older brothers Blake and James – love of the game
  • People you want to thank: Coaches for all the knowledge of football over the years. Mother and 2 older brothers for always being here as my biggest fans.
  • Plans after high school: College to further my education

Brandon Waller “Brick Wall Waller”

  • Number: 34
  • Escorted by: Mom Amanda Guyer and dad John Guyer
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Sports participated in: Football from Pop Warner to today
  • What has inspired you to play: My Dad inspired me by telling me of times when he use to play high school football.
  • People you want to thank: My mother for all the work she has dome by taking me to all Pop Warner practices and games all the way up to today and my last few games and practices I have left.
  • Plans after high school: To attend Wyotech for 2 years for welding technology

Garrett Wellington “Beef”

  • Number: 61
  • Escorted by: Bob and Jessica Wellington
  • Position: Defensive tackle, emergency QB
  • Sports participated in: Football
  • What has inspired you to play: My father
  • People you want to thank: My Pop Warner coaches, my parents
  • Plans after high school: Going to HCCC for 2 years then transferring somewhere to finish my phys ed degree.

Xavier Williams “X”

  • Number: 83
  • Escorted by: Melissa Pohleven and Kenneth Williams
  • Position: Slot End
  • Sports participated in: Baseball, Football, Bowling
  • What has inspired you to play: I grew up in Utica and it was either football or soccer. Then later realized the sport is like a legal brawl.
  • People you want to thank: I’d like to thank my coaches that have taught me the game of football and my parents for their support.
  • Plans after high school: Entering the workforce and possibly attending a community college in NYS in hopes to move down South.

Bryson Youngs “BYU” & “Bucky”

  • Number: 58
  • Escorted by: Mother and father Larrissa & David Youngs
  • Position: O-line, D-line, Linebacker
  • Sports participated in: Football & Wrestling
  • What has inspired you to play: The movie “Water Boy”
  • Clubs/Interests:  NJROTC
  • People you want to thank: My mom & dad for always pushing me to reach goals and supporting me. My grandparents Jim & Kathy Sorenson who have been there for me and being one of my biggest cheerleaders. Mr. Paddock for teach me the game. Mur. Ulinski for pushing me on the field and helping me to achieve my fullest potential on the field. Mr. Cole for giving me a change to prove myself. Thank you Jessica Morey for caring for me and the others and being my 2nd mom. Jen Brewer and Rachel Shaver for caring for all of us.
  • Plans after high school: I will be enlisting in the United States Marines