Cheer & Song
As Spirit Coaches, we are dedicated to raising up strong, empowered leaders with the heart of Christ, in order to develop a community of passionate and mature disciples who will transform the world by love, leadership, and service.
Be on guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Our primary mission is to serve as ambassadors for Jesus Christ and for Crean Lutheran High School. Dedicated to upholding Christian values, team spirit, and servant leadership, the Spiritleaders interact with the crowd, the school and the community to generate Christ-like enthusiasm and encouragement. Our team participates in competitions for God’s glory. We are dedicated to raising up strong, empowered leaders with the heart of Christ, in order to develop a community of passionate and mature disciples who will transform the world by love, leadership, and service.
Our spirit program brings school spirit to our sporting events, pep rallies and other school events; entertaining and exciting the audiences.
Song/Pom is a fusion of dance technique combined with cheer motions and spirit. Our song leaders are cheering and dancing on the sidelines for football and basketball season, as well as various school events. We perform during quarter breaks, timeouts, and halftime. Tryouts for our song competition team will be held later in the fall.
1st Place at Virtual Regional #2
1st Place at Virtual Regional #3
1st Place at West Coast Championships
1st Place at Tustin Regional
4th at USA Nationals ( out of 18 teams)
2nd place at NDA Regionals
1st place at USA Regionals
Dec 16th- UDA Regional- Received 2nd place and a bid to Nationals at the Hard Rock Live in Florida
Jan 20th- USA Regional- Received 1st place and a bid to Nationals at the Anaheim Convention Center in California
Jan 27th- UDA Westcoast Championships- 4th place
Feb 23rd- USA Spirit Nationals - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! JV Song/Pom Intermediate
Mar 3rd- NDA Nationals Orlando, FL - Tied for 13th out of 27! Small Varsity Pom
A Special congratulations to Anna Ellwein and Tivoli Treloar for making All American All Stars at USA camp this summer! Also our Varsity team brought home a superior plaque and JV a spirit award!
JV Song attended USA regionals and qualified for nationals! This was their very first competition and we are so proud them. Go support on March 18th at the Anaheim Convention Center!
This summer our song teams attended the UDA (Universal Dance Association) at University of San Diego. Our girls got superior ratings on all evaluations. We brought home a 2 spirit awards for both JV and Varsity Song. Our Varsity Song team had a special evaluation and received the Team Full Out Award for their excellent performance. We are so excited to represent our Saints!
A special congratulations to Alyssa Needham and Ashley Zhang for making All American All Stars 2014!! They have the opportunity to attend London and perform in the new year's day parade 2015!
Song USA Regionals 2018
The Saints Cheer Program is a discipline of cheer that involves athletes in a scholastic setting who cheer in support of other sports, most often football and basketball. The sideline cheerleaders' primary role is supporting the other athletic programs through leading the crowd at games and pep rallies as well as promoting school spirit overall. The cheerleaders may also participate in competitions, performing a 2 1/2 minute routine composed of tumbling, stunting, pyramids, dance, and cheer segments.
Rachelle (Shelly) River - Head cheer coach
Rachelle (Shelly) Rivera has over 20 years of cheerleading experience, starting when she was five years old. She was a competitive gymnast and started competing in cheerleading with a city program and at her Jr. High. She comes from La Serna High School, where she was a four-year member of the Varsity Cheer Competitive Team, serving as captain during her junior and senior years. During her time with the team, she earned a National Championship Title in the Advanced Division, MVP, 2x USA All-American, USA Spirit Star, Scholar Athlete, and won the Cheerpros' Top Athlete Scholarship. She is a San Diego State University Cheer Alumni and during her time at SDSU, she competed at UCA College Nationals, placing in the Top 3, and Competed at World's, becoming a World's Silver Medalist. She has coached at various high schools and all-star gyms for the past 5 years. During the past 11 years, she has worked as a Head Instructor for the United Spirit Association. Outside of Cheerleading, she is a 2nd Grade Teacher and enjoys working with young minds. She is extremely excited to start this new season with Crean Lutheran!
Lindsay pineiros - assistant cheer coach
Lindsay Pineiros is joining the Crean Lutheran Spirit Program as the Assistant Cheer Coach! She currently attends Concordia University Irvine where she is majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in allied health. She has twelve years of cheer experience with a background in competitive cheer and stunt. Lindsay is currently on CUI's STUNT team and recently joined the United Spirit Association Cheer Staff. During high school, she was a UCA All-American and in her freshman year of college, she was named Rookie of the Year. She is so excited to be working with everyone this year!
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
2 Chronicles 15:7
Paula Rabbitt - Head Song Coach
Paula Rabbitt is so excited to be part of the Crean Lutheran Family and Spirit Program. She has been a dancer since she was 5 years old. At the age of 15, she started teaching classes at her studio. She was involved with her high school dance and drill team as well as dancing with The Fresno Dance Reparatory and performing with the Jazz Company Dancers. She also taught with a local studio up until her 17th week of pregnancy with her triplets. She has also been involved with her oldest daughter’s high school dance team as a board member of their booster program. Currently, she is also the team mom of our JV song team. Paula works as a Pilates Instructor with her Special Populations in working with dancers and those with hypermobility.
Paula has been married to her husband Jeff for 28 years. Together they have 5 children. Charisma (college student), Kanon, Crean alumni (college student), and triplets Keldan, Caris, and Kingston who are freshmen here at Crean Lutheran. She was involved for many years as a volunteer for both the Fullerton High School and Joint Union High School Districts as well as Christ Lutheran School in Brea. She has held numerous positions from volunteering in the classroom to positions on the PTA and as the President of the Fullerton Council of PTAs. A position that involved working closely with superintendents, the school board, and all PTA Presidents in the district along with Council Presidents from all over Orange County. She also worked with legislators in Sacramento on funding and programs for our California schools. Her hope is to not only inspire, teach and guide the girls but to help them see their worth and value in today's world.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
Ava stevins - Assistant Song Coach
Ava Stevins is excited to join the Crean Lutheran coaching staff, serving as the Assistant Song Coach! She currently attends California Baptist University, where she is majoring in engineering. She is also a member of the CBU D1 dance team. Ava has been dancing since she was four years old and has trained in many different styles of dance while also competing for many years. She was a captain on both dance teams at Orange Lutheran High School. After high school, she has been fortunate enough to teach at different studios ranging from ages three to eighteen. Ava is excited to start this next stage in life and to be a part of this year’s team!
I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.
megan morphis - spirit advisor
Megan Morphis is excited to serve in her second year as the Saints Spirit Advisor and feels blessed to be a part of the Saints Spirit program at Crean Lutheran High School. She has been dancing for over 25 years, training in various styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and pointe. Megan was a member of the Troy High School dance team and was a captain during her senior year. Throughout high school, Megan won numerous awards as both a soloist and team member including Miss Dance/Drill Team International 1st Runner Up. She continued her education and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University, Long Beach where she studied modern, ballet, pointe, hip hop, and choreography.
Megan served in the dance ministry at Rock Harbor Church for over six years where she was blessed to choreograph and dance at many Christmas and Easter services. She was a company member of Andy Vaca’s Jazzworks-Long Beach and has been a guest choreographer at Concordia University, Irvine, and for other local charity events. Megan has been a dance teacher for over twelve years and has been on staff at Crean Lutheran High School for over six years. She currently teaches Dance 1, Honors Dance 2, Honors Dance 3, and Honors Dance Ensemble and is the advisor for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She hopes to use the gifts that God has given her to bless the spirit leaders, coaches, and the Spirit Program!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and he will make your paths straight.
Tonya nicholas - spirit coordinator
Tonya Nicholas is excited to be serving her 11th year in the Crean Spirit Family as the Spirit Coordinator. Her oldest daughter was a CLHS cheer alumni who graduated in 2018. Her youngest daughter is currently a junior on the Varsity Cheer team. Throughout the years as Spirit Coordinator, Tonya has been involved in many events that are held each season like spirit camp, Football/Spirit bonding, senior night, homecoming, banquet, and many more. She loves attending all of the sporting events with her family and is very excited to have her first granddaughter joining on the sidelines this season!
Tonya enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, gardening, and volunteering through various local philanthropies with her daughters. She truly feels blessed to be a part of the Crean Lutheran family where she can serve the spirit families to the best of her ability!
Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.