Pom Pon Squad
Head Coach: Jennifer Duesterhaus, 13 years
Assistant Coach: Spencer Kroshinsky, 2 years and Caitlyn Adams, 2 years
2022-23 Squad Members
Seniors: Grace Bertram, Grayson Pritts, Payten Rice, Macy Schlipman and Mckinley Smith
Juniors: Della Bockenfeld, Gabi Cook, Ella Hummel, Aubrey Sparrow and Adison Tangy
Sophomores: Avery Crane, Avery Kapp, Avery Larson, Lanie Mast, Lauren McDowell, Addie Schuster, Kaitlyn Stegeman and Aubrey Wellman
Freshmen: Callie Altgilbers, Isabelle Boudreau, Annie Cook, Mia Pabisiak and Logan Rice
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions - 2022 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A 3rd Place - 2021 IDTA (Virtual) Competition
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions - 2020 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions - 2019 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions - 2018 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions - 2017 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions – 2016 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions – 2015 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions– 2014 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions – 2013 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A State Champions – 2012 IDTA Competition
QND Pom Class 1A 2nd Place – 2010-2011 IDTA Competition
The Pom Pon Squad at Quincy Notre Dame is a year round sport. Tryouts are held every April and summer practices start right up at the end of May. During the school year, the squad practices Monday nights and varies days before and/or after school. The squad performs at all home varsity football, boys soccer, and boys basketball games, as well as band show competitions, parades, and various community service projects. Traditions include hosting Pom camp for grade school girls before a home football game and holding a winter camp for grade school girls with a performance at a basketball game.
The squad attends UDA summer camp every year. This past summer we attended camp at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, Mo. The girls competed with their home routine, learned two routines from guest choreographers who choreograph for big named artists, received a Superior trophy for the routines they all learned at camp and a 3rd place trophy for their home routine.
The QND Pom Pon Squad also competes through the Illinois Drill Team Association (IDTA) and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The 2021-22 squad placed 1st in State with their Class A Pom Routine at IDTA. They also qualified for the IHSA State Tournament. The QND Pommers are 10-time State Champions in the Class A Pom category for IDTA under Coach Jennifer Duesterhaus.
In addition to performances at the school, competitions and community events the team has also been invited to perform at college football bowl games, MLB baseball games and Disney parades.
The 2016-2017 Pom Squad was honored with a trip to perform at the halftime of the Orange Bowl in Miami, FL. This was an invite only trip and the squad enjoyed the opportunity to attend this performance which was done with a live performer.
In the summers of 2021 and 2022, the QND pommers performed with the QND cheerleaders at a St. Louis Cardinals/Cubs baseball game in St. Louis, Mo. They enjoyed working with the cheerleaders and creating a joint routine to show their Raider Pride. It was a fun experience at the ballpark with numerous Quincy supporters cheering them on.
This December, we have been invited to walk in the Disney Christmas Parade in Walt Disney World. We will be parading through Magic Kingdom and then will also be performing our own routines on stage in Disney Springs.
We are looking forward to our year and it will be full of new challenges as we try to push ourselves to perform routines at a higher difficulty. The year looks to be another promising year for this talented group of young ladies. We will continue to work hard and grow any way we can. With hard work, dedication, a tight bond, and high expectations, the squad will show what Raider Pride is all about and represent our school on our journey back to STATE!