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Bronx Cheerleaders Place 7th

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A Bronx team that raised more than $30,000 to compete at the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Florida took seventh place in their division at the event.

The James Monroe Eagles, a team made up of students from schools at the James Monroe Educational Campus in Soundview, competed in the junior varsity non-tumbling division this past weekend in Orlando, where they came in seventh out of eight teams.

Sonja Williams, one of the team's coaches, said they were disappointed by the results of the competition but maintained that the overall experience was still very valuable, especially given that this was the first year the Eagles took part in the event.

In order to afford the trip to Florida, the Eagles held a successful GoFundMe campaign that aimed to raise $30,000 and ultimately raised $33,185.

The team received a massive outpouring of support during their fundraising drive from places ranging from local elected officials to Degree Deodorant.

The Eagles qualified to compete at nationals after a regional competition on December 10, 2017 on Long Island, and they made it into the finals at the Florida competition.

 

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Thomas Lockhart

was born June 8, 1953. Mr. Lockhart is a former Bronx resident from the Marble Hill section, and attended The Bronx High School of Science and Manhattan College. A former All-American basketball player at both institutions, he left for Europe in 1976 to pursue a professional career after a brief encounter with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Continuing his education he actively plunged into corporate marketing communications with international companies like Philips, Alstom, Qiagen Instruments, KPMG, European Space Administration, ABN-Amro Bank and the Port of Rotterdam, while continuing to play ball and coach. Teaching English and advertising in Holland led to the setup of Ideas Unlimited, his own International Business Communications firm. Mr. Lockhart has lived and worked in various countries for the past 33 years, speaks German, French, Dutch and is currently learning Italian. Now residing near Zurich Switzerland, he has three children, Jarrett, 31 Chief of Staff with the Bronx City Council, 14th District, Maraya, 21 and Malik, 11. Tom is currently serving as Communications Manager and Asst. Operations Coordinator of the Marble Hill Reunion and Development Project.