Cheer DC Rookie

Meet a Member: Raechelle


Nickname: Rae

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

Origin: San Francisco, CA 🌉

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

Role model: CJ Jones 🎥🎬🍿 - 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 master’s degree to further her education and to aid in obtaining a successful career and living comfortably with her dog, Khloé, and new kittens, Cassiopeia & Olivia 🐕🐈🐈

Favorite emoji: 🤟🤟🤟 the gesture for “I love you” 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 📣✨🏳️‍🌈

"Raechelle always has a smile on her face. She’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.

“Did you see those toe touch baskets she pulled yesterday?!” - Stefanie C.

Meet a Member: Ayana


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 DC’s mission to serve the community." - Sarah S.

Meet a Member: Patricia


Where are you from? Springfield, VA

Why did you join Cheer DC? I joined Cheer DC to to support my cousin, students, and the community. Of course it’s awesome to be back on a team with such amazing people.

Celebrity Crush? Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow of course!

Hidden Talent?  I can fall asleep anywhere, does that count? Haha!

Favorite Emoji? Salsa dancing queen - Who doesn’t love to dance?

Guilty Pleasure? Binge watching crime shows.

Favorite Holiday? Christmas

Dream Vacation? South Africa

Cannot live without? I absolutely could not live without my cousins!