Brethren cheerleading to raise funds for former Bobcat Amedy Dewey

Brethren’s competitive cheer team. Front row, from left: Alexis Adkins, Riley Doré, Abbie Rittenhouse, Charity Glennon, Makayla Murray, Heather Stewart and Rhiannon Gillis. Back row, from left: Pii Nordstrom, Hunter Rittenhouse, Kaitlyn Weaver, Danielle Buzzo, Alexis Picard, Caitlyn Wayward and Mackenzie Vandenberg. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Brethren’s competitive cheer team. Front row, from left: Alexis Adkins, Riley Doré, Abbie Rittenhouse, Charity Glennon, Makayla Murray, Heather Stewart and Rhiannon Gillis. Back row, from left: Pii Nordstrom, Hunter Rittenhouse, Kaitlyn Weaver, Danielle Buzzo, Alexis Picard, Caitlyn Wayward and Mackenzie Vandenberg. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Cheerleading is all about lifting school spirits.

Brethren’s competitive cheer team will also be raising spirits of a different kind when it hosts the 27th-annual Brethren Cheerleading Competition on Saturday.

The Bobcats will be raising money to help one of their own, longtime Brethren cheerleader Amedy Dewey, who was involved in a tragic shooting on Jan. 6.

 There will be a bake sale and raffle, in addition to taking cash donations in hopes of filling a megaphone, with all proceeds going to help out with Dewey’s considerable medical expenses. Dewey was shot in the head and shoulder, caught in a murder-suicide involving her mother and stepfather.

Dewey is a senior at Midland High School after moving away from Brethren last fall. 

Brethren cheer coach Deb Maxey said that Dewey was a member of her cheer team since the eighth grade, and remains close with all the current Bobcats.

 “When they found out about it, they all wanted to do something,” Maxey said. “Everybody who is going to be competing at our competition on Saturday are also bringing cards and notes that they have kept for Amedy.”

Brethren will also have vendors selling window decals and other things at the meet, and items will be sold at Brethren home basketball games on Friday and Saturday nights with all proceeds going to Dewey and her medical care and rehabilitation.

The meet will start at 11 a.m., with 10 teams including Manistee High School.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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