Senior Spotlight: Cheerleading’s Moira Lafferty

Senior Spotlight: Cheerleading’s Moira Lafferty

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Moira Lafferty

The Senior Spotlight on this Tuesday morning shines on cheerleader Moira Lafferty, who will be attending St. Joseph’s University in the fall. Here is our conversation.

What are your plans for college? I will be attending St. Joe’ University in the fall. I plan on double majoring in elementary ed & special ed.

What is your favorite class at CHS? My favorite class at CHS is between ap stat with Mr. Mike Perekupka my junior year and ap psychology with Mrs. Iaconelli this year.

What is your most memorable moment from cheering at CHS? It is so hard to pick just one memorable moment while cheering at CHS when I have had so many, but two stick out the most. The first one was being picked as a captain for football season. The second was the bus ride home from the first away football game at Robbinsville. The football team beat them, so everyone was in a good mood and the bus ride was about an hour long, so we made the most out of it and played games that we learned at cheer camp, which sounds ridiculous but it was one of the funnest times.

Who has been the biggest influence on your cheerleading career at CHS? My biggest influence for cheering has to be the other cheerleaders in my senior class. Most of us have been cheering together since we were 5 in pop warner. We have been through a lot together and have a special bond. It’s going to be hard next year not seeing them every Friday night, but I know that we will all stay close.

What will you miss most about CHS? After I graduate I will miss almost everything about CHS, especially pride day, prom/prom weekend, and the homecoming activities. I think the thing that I’ll miss most is seeing all of my friends and teachers everyday. I have had the same group of friends since I was little and we are like a family so it is going to be a little weird not being around them all of the time.  Also the staff at CHS is amazing and I’m going to miss all of them.

What is your favorite song? Any country song.

Which sport do you enjoy to cheer at more, football or basketball? Personally, I like cheering for football a little bit more because we are more involved. The environment at a football game is so much different than a basketball game. Also, throughout my four years we have had a great football team so it’s fun watching them win against teams like Delran and Holy Cross.

What are you most looking forward to about college? The thing that I am looking forward to most in college is new experiences and meeting new people. It will be nice to have a fresh start. Its scary to think that I will not be walking the halls of CHS anymore, but 3 of my good friends are going to SJU with me so I am excited to continue my next 4 years with them.

Who got you interested in cheerleading? A family friend two years older than me cheered when she was younger and my mom cheered at CHS when she was in high school so I started cheering in pop warner when I was 5 and loved it.

What is the most important thing you learned while cheering at CHS? The thing that I have learned most while cheering at CHS is to not take anything for granted and make the most out of every lasting moment while you can. When I first entered try outs at the end of 8th grade I never expected that the day would come where I would never cheer again. When a senior says high school flies by you never realize it until you’re that senior.  I’m going to miss cheering with the girls younger than me because they are all like little sisters to me and I don’t know what I’ll do without them in a few months.

Image courtesy of Moira Lafferty

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com