McKayla W. Geisinger
SJN Mite Cheerleading Spirit Award
Today, we are pleased to honor one SJN Mite Cheerleader with Our First Annual McKayla W. Geisinger Spirit Award.
Some of you might be thinking to yourselves, who is McKayla Geisinger? While others of you may have very fond memories of McKayla. If you don’t mind, could you indulge me for a few moments, while I give you a little background about this special young lady?
McKayla was a part of the SJN Mite cheer team for two years (2002-2003 season and 2003-2004 season). In her second season, McKayla lead a team of 6 cheerleaders to win the State CYO Championship. McKayla was always especially polite to both the coaches and her fellow cheerleaders. She was patient, waiting for everyone to catch up and learn the cheers. She had amazing perseverance. McKayla never gossiped or criticized any of her peers or coaches and she never had a negative attitude. She was one of the most compassionate and loyal cheerleaders - and she was always friendly to everyone. McKayla would come ready for practice or a game with a smile on her face and determination in her heart! She was a kind, thoughtful team player, unwilling to give up, seeking a challenge. She was strong, positive, non-judgmental, loyal, and driven to live up to high expectations.
McKayla passed away from an undetected congenital heart defect on Mar 19, 2007, while attending Environmental Camp with her 7th grade class from the Amherst Middle School. She is missed beyond comprehension. In the words of one of her class mates and friend …. 'And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.’Nothing gold can stay.' McKayla was gold.' And the only thing worse than losing her, would be never to have known her.
The winner of this year’s 2008 McKayla Geisinger Spirit Award will go to the Mite cheerleader who has emulated McKayla’s persona. She has shown undeniable commitment to her team’s success; she has demonstrated an unmatchable level of enthusiasm & positive attitude; she consistently set an example of energy and determination to succeed; she helped team members in need; she was always courteous and respectful to other teams; and she serves her community and church outwardly and proudly.
It is my honor to present the 2008 McKayla Geisinger Spirit Award to Stephanie Sylvester!