Athlete of the week: Jessica Nelson

By Lauren Dempsey

Rye junior Jessica Nelson cheered her way to the top to be Athlete of the Week.AOTW

The co-captain has cheered for the last three years. Supported by a wonderful team, Jessica’s love for cheering continues to grow, as shown by the outstanding performance the team has put on at pep rallies and Friday night football games.

“Jess always has a positive attitude no matter what the situation,” cheer coach Melissa Pelletteri said. “She goes out of her way for her teammates and never complains. As a captain, Jess was an excellent role model. She is a valuable cheerleader and true Rye Garnet.”

Assistant coach Diana Vita concurred.

“Jessica tries to get everyone to be positive and always with a smile on her face,” Vita said. “Jessica would give positive feedback to her team and would encourage them to keep up the great work.”

Attending a cheer camp held at New Rochelle High School run by National Cheerleading instructors helped make the complex dances easier to learn. This camp is where all three of Rye’s stunt groups originated and, while attending, the team learned how to perform new moves. Some of the team advanced to learn more advanced three-partner stunts. This hard work paid off, landing the team a chance to complete an extension, a difficult stunt to pull off.

“Jessica is really patient with teaching new cheers and she always makes sure everybody feels comfortable with moves of a dance before we move on,” teammate Blair Maloney said.

This spring, after putting the pom-poms down for the season, Nelson will hit the links as a member of the girls varsity golf team.