2013-14 NIU Cheerleading Photo
2014-15 Cheerleading Tryouts

Tryout Brochure

Date: April 25-27, 2014
Cost: $30, register at, 2014 Stunt Clinic attendees receive a discounted rate (must register for both the clinic and the tryout)
Location: Victor E. Court, NIU Convocation Center: 1525 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, Ill. 60115. Park in lot C3 and enter at Entrance 5.
What to Wear: Please wear shorts, sports bra, hair half up with a bow and cheer shoes. Males please wear a solid colored plain t-shirt and shorts (small brand logo is permissible). All clothing shound be in NIU colors, RED, BLACK OR WHITE. For any additional questions please email coach Heather Bennett at
Consent Forms and Athletic Trainers: A signed consent form must be handed in at the candidate’s first appearance (open gym or tryout). An athletic trainer will be present at all sessions.

Tryout Schedule
April 25 (Open Gym): All participants must be registered for the tryout and hand in the signed consent form in order to partake in the open gym.
Check in:
5:30-6:00pm and the session is 6-10pm. At this open gym, candidates will be taught the material that will be evaluated at tryouts and receive constructive criticism regarding stunts and tumbling to perform at tryouts when the judges will evaluate performances. This session is optional and included in the tryout registration fee.

April 26 (Tryout): This session is the actual tryout and all candidates must be registered and hand in the signed consent form in order to partake in the tryout.
Check in: 8:30-9:00am and the tryout is 9am-3pm with an hour lunch break from 12-1pm. LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED!

April 27 (First Practice): Those candidates selected for the 2014-15 NIU Cheer Team will practice from 9am-Noon. This is a mandatory practice.

Video Entries: Video entries are allowed, however you must request one via email. Please email Coach Bennett at to request a video tryout. Video tryouts are only available to those who qualify with a valid reason for their absence for the tryout.

2013-14 Cheerleading Roster
Lauren Anglin
Shiela Arcuri
Emily Aud
Jaclyn Blanchette
Casey Branch
Jade Burns
Kayla Carstens
Elizabeth Cervantes
Ailish Cullinane
Jillian Ewald
Tiffany Haag
Ashley Harris
Courtney Hayenga
Megan Icenogle
Taylor Jacques
Quinn Johnson  
Kourtney Kiddoo
Karson Kurzeja
Katie Liquori
Jamye Love
Hannah Madison
Jaelin Mankins
Jasmine McCloskey
Andreanna Nielsson
Tiffany Olson
Cody Parker
Kacie Patterson
Ashley Patterson
Zoie Pokorney
Emily Powers
Nikki Prochaska
Allysa Przybylka
Tim Rekruciak
Brandee C. Ross
Che Mone Savage  
Jacalyn Segura
Destany Smoot
Kathleen Sullivan
Dominique Trost
Courtney vandreese
Cesar Velazques  
Holly Vizzaccero
Luke Wychocki

Kirby Hodge
Joseph Dienberg
Alt. Alex Koss

Heather Bennett - Head coach
Rich Bennett - Volunteer coach
Jen Bates - Volunteer Coach
Pierre Ramos - Volunteer Coach 

For more information contact:

Heather Bennett
Northern Illinois University
Head Cheerleading Coach