Meet a Member: Raechelle

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Nickname: Rae

Distinguishing characteristics: hard-working, extremely talented, dedicated, fearless, smiles!

Origin: San Francisco, CA ๐ŸŒ‰

Day job: Bon Appetit Catering Server and Gallaudet University Cheerleading Assistant Coach

Role model: CJ Jones ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿฟ - a Deaf American actor, post-production in filmmaking of "Avatar 2" (2020) directed by James Cameron

Biggest goal/dream: Rae plans to enroll in a masterโ€™s degree to further her education and to aid in obtaining a successful career and living comfortably with her dog, Khloรฉ, and new kittens, Cassiopeia & Olivia ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ

Favorite emoji: ๐ŸคŸ๐ŸคŸ๐ŸคŸ the gesture for โ€œI love youโ€ in American Sign Language

Fatal flaw: She has an obsession with emojis (can you tell?)

Fun fact: One of the first Deaf Cheer DC members and the second for Pride Cheerleading Association ๐Ÿ“ฃโœจ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

"Raechelle always has a smile on her face. Sheโ€™s always willing to try new things without hesitation and always kills it. She has an infectious personality and I look forward to working with her every week." - Ayana B.

โ€œDid you see those toe touch baskets she pulled yesterday?!โ€ - Stefanie C.

Meet a Member: Ayana

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Honors: First Spirit Stick awardee of Season 3!

Distinguishing characteristics: bright, dedicated, always smiling, energizer!

Origin: Richmond, VA

Day job: Teen Program Director and Belay Instructor at The YMCA

Celebrity crush(es): Robert Downey Jr., Anderson Cooper, and Colin Firth

Biggest goal/dream: Move to France permanently and eventually gain citizenship - wish her luck!

Fatal flaw: She shows emotions in her facial expressions and there is no disguising them

Fun fact: Before joining Cheer DC, she cheered for a professional sports team in France

"Ayana is such a positive force on the team. She is a very strong base and also truly believes in Cheer DCโ€™s mission to serve the community." - Sarah S.

Meet a Member: Brandi

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Honors: Most Dedicated (70 volunteer hours in the 2017-2018 season)

Distinguishing characteristics: sassy, passionate, talented, feisty, courageous, philanthropic

Origin: Deep Creek Lake, MD

Day job: 6th grade Advanced Academics teacher and high school cheer coach

Passions: Cheer, rescue pup Ottis, and her "hubbies"/BFFs/roomies

Biggest goal/dream: Write a tween/teen book on bullying

Fatal flaw: A blessing and a curse, this girl has no filter - what you see is what you get

Fun fact: Brandi has now performed in several Pride parades from coast to coast and was this year's sole Cheer DC representative at San Diego Pride

"The sport of cheerleading fills her whole heart. She embodies the spirit of a charitable cheerleader." - Crystal K.