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MIDWEST CHEER ELITE COLUMBUS #OT3F4L YEAR 4 FASHION WEEK IS OFF TO A TRENDY START! 5 TEAMS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE VARSITY D1 SUMMIT#FASHIONWEEK

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MCE, COLUMBUS STAFFS SOME OF THE TOP COACHES IN THE ALL-STAR INDUSTRY.  THEY ALSO REPRESENT A STRONG FACE IN THE COLLEGE CHEER WORLD.  IN ADDITION TO THE COACHING STAFF, THEY HAVE AN AMAZING OFFICE STAFF THAT IS SURE TO MEET YOUR NEEDS EFFICIENTLY AND PROMPTLY.  CLICK HERE TO MEET THEM! 

 

 

 

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Amy Faulkner OWNER

amy@mcecolumbus.com

Amy Faulkner is a nationally recognized cheer coach and the owner of Northstar Studios. Amy is the reigning 2014 National Coach of the Year, as voted on by Americheer, Ameridance, and Cheer Professional Magazine. This recognition is the result of years of hard work and dedication to the sport of cheerleading. From a young age, Amy immersed herself in the sport and her commitment was rewarded when she garnered a spot on the University of Akron cheer squad. After college, which saw her serve as captain of the school’s cheer team, Amy continued her involvement in cheerleading. She is a certified U.S. All Star Cheerleading Federation coach and has over 10 years of coaching experience with All Star and high school programs.  She opened up Northstar Studios in 2008 to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a gym, where she can share her enthusiasm and love of cheerleading with generations to come. Since opening Northstar, Amy has coached over thirty national championship cheer teams, two of which were nationally ranked squads. Her commitment to cheerleading is further evidenced through her mentorship of many Ohio State University cheerleaders over the past several years, and Amy continues to seek out opportunities to further promote cheerleading to people of all ages.


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Tanya Rosel OWNER/MCE WEST CHESTER DIRECTOR

info@midwestcheerelite.com


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Ashley Miller MCE COLUMBUS ALL-STAR DIRECTOR/ ALL-STAR CHEER COACH

ashley.mcecolumbus@gmail.com

Ashley fell in love with the sport the day she started cheering at her first all-star gym in Kennett, PA, called KMC Kats.  She had cheered on rec leagues since she was 4, but this is where she gained her passion for cheerleading.  She was there for 3 years until she moved to Ohio.  After moving, she cheered for her high school football, basketball, and competiton teams and then in college became part of an all girl cheer team with The Ohio State University.  After colege, she found her way back to allstar cheer when she joined Fame IOC6.  She also became a coach and staff member of CCA, where she coached all of the all star teams and was a tumble instructor.  This past year Ashley was blessed to be a part of Midwest's own IOC5 team, the Black Diamonds and got to compete at The Cheerleading Worlds.  Cheerleading is a very important part of her life and she credits the sport and things she has done and learned within it to the person she is today.  Ashley is honored to be able to coach at MCE this year to help young athletes grow, not only in cheer, but in life. 


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Nate Wise All-STAR COACH/TUMBLE INSTRUCTOR

nate.mcecolumbus@gmail.com

Hello, Coach Nate here! I am 28 years old, born and raised in Tiffin, Ohio. My interest in cheerleading began with my passion for gymnastics. When I was about 8 years old I discovered my talent in tumbling when I started taking tumble classes at the Tiffin YMCA. I eventually moved on to become a member of a gymnastics team in Marion, Ohio when I was in middle school. During that time, my mom was actually the cheerleading coach for my school and I would always go to the practices to watch and tumble during timeouts at the basketball games, eventually earning the title as the unofficial mascot. Once high school came around, I decided to tryout for the cheer team and the rest is history. 

I cheered for 3 years in high school, being announced as captain my senior year. My high school team was very competitive as we attended numerous competitions through out the year, being undefeated both my junior and senior years. I then went on to college at THE Ohio State University where I cheered on the Buckeyes for 5 exciting years, being co-captain with my gameday partner my 5th and final year. I'm very grateful for all of the opportunities I encountered during my time as an OSU Cheerleader, one as being able to represent the Buckeyes at UCA College Nationals for four seasons. 

During my college career I was also a staff member for AmeriCheer for 2 years and then for Cheer Ohio for 3 years where I worked as a summer camp instructor, teaching tumbling and cheerleading skills to kids from grades 7 through 12. I also have experience in other aspects of cheerleading including choreographing routines and being part of the judges panel at various competitions. A couple years after graduating from OSU I was hired by Amy Faulkner as the Gym Coordinator for NorthStar Studio, where I have been ever since. 

Cheerleading is an important part of my life, and it's an honor and privilege that I get to teach and inspire young athletes. My goal as a coach is not only to help them grow as athletes, but also as responsible members of their communities.

-Nathan Wise


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EJ Blade ALL-STAR CHEER COACH/CHOREOGRAPHER/TUMBLE INSTRUCTOR

EJ.mcecolumbus@gmail.com

EJ was first introduced to cheer in 1999 when his aunt Treva Coleman decided to open up her allstar gym Columbus Fyinest. His purpose for cheering was to learn the tumbling aspect of the sport to help him stand out as a dancer, but instead He feel in love with every aspect of the sport. He began coaching hip hop and doing choreography and music for various inner city teams in the community as well as mentoring athletes along the way. He later went on to spend his super senior sr year at the matrix allstars where he would compete at the 2009 cheerleading worlds for the first time. From then on he coached cheer for the next few years and came out of retirement on the Matrix first IOC5 team Armageddon. It was kn this same yr he created HotRhymez Productions. A company that was meant just for cheerleading vocals but has turned into a company for choreography cheer music hip hop music and even fashion show music for the Pittsburgh Steelers apparel line. Once his Aunt Treva passed away EJ decided to go back to his dance roots and he put on a tribute in her honor and later went on to place 2nd in the US 5th in the world at the 2013 dance worlds. Ej has also been apart of Spirit Athletics IOC6 team placing 7th in the worlds as well as MCE West Chesters very own IOC5 Black Diamonds. EJ continues to do vocals for some of the biggest names in cheer but his passion will always be coaching athletes not only in the sport of cheer and art of dance but as well as in life.


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Jamal Niles- Marketing Director/Allstar Cheer Coach/Stunt Instructor

nilesj@bgsu.edu

Jamal Niles' primary goal as a coach is to make sure my athletes are as successful in the real world as they are in the cheer gym. While teaching and improving skills in the gym, he wants to make sure they possess the necessary knowledge and abilities to succeed in school, their personal lives and then onto their college education and future careers.
With nearly 15 years experience in the cheerleading industry he has coached and choreographed for many programs ranging from high school, collegiate programs, and all levels of all-star cheer. He is most recently the assistant cheerleading coach at Bowling Green State University. He has helped coached teams to numerous state and national titles including the 2014 UCA College Small Coed Division 1 national title and top 3 finishes for the BGSU small coed program every year during his tenure. He along with some dedicated upperclassmen of the all-girl program hit the road running in late 2013 to have the all-girl program compete at the 2014 UCA College nationals for the first time. The all-girl program showed quick progress and was a finalist in Division 1A this season.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York Jamal got his start cheering when moving to suburban Lower Merion High School right outside of Philadelphia; where he was part of the high school team and also part of a countless national championship title all star program.
After his high school achievements, Jamal cheered all his undergraduate years at The Ohio State University where in his final season he was selected captain. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Ecology: Human Nutrition and a minor in Exercise Science. He went onto immediately attend graduate school at Bowling Green State University receiving a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition. He won the 2013 World University cheerleading championship in small coed with his fellow squad members.
He is a veteran judge/rules official and has judged many competitions (high school and all star) on the regional and national level. He has been a judge at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship, the UCA International All Star Championship, and The Summit National Championship. He is a 11 year veteran and head instructor for Universal Cheerleaders Association cheerleading camps and was most recently voted HI of the Year in 2016.


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Nikki Vanderkooi - Marketing Director and Allstar Coach

Nikki has been coaching since 1987, she is USASF credentialed and former gym owner at All Ohio Shine. She has previously coached levels 1-4 at Ohio Xtreme Athletics, the school teams from Mt. Gilead Elementary, Junior High and Senior High School and several individuals in dance and cheer. This is her 3rd season at MCE. She works full time as a digital media marketing specialist at Consolidated Cooperative and owns her own photography business. Her and her husband Matt have three adult children.


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Mary Sutton - Allstar Cheer Coach

 

Mary grew up in Darien, Connecticut where she was a competitive gymnast for almost 10 years. In 1991, she graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations. After graduation, Mary found herself back in the gym, teaching preschoolers at the United States Academy of Gymnastics. She also taught tumbling to elementary students as part of an after-school program in Greenwich, Connecticut. From 1993-1995 Mary coached at Gateway Gymnastics near Fort Polk, Louisiana, where she helped several gymnasts compete at the state level. Mary later served as the Head Coach and Director of the West Point Gymnastics Club at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY from 1998 - 2000. At West Point, her Level 5 team placed in the top 5 at the State Championship. Mary has been employed at NorthStar since 2011.  At Northstar she has held many roles including preschool director, recreational tumbling instructor, and team Level 1 and 2 coach.  Mary is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Youth Exercise Specialist.  She is also a professional member of the Academy of Sports Medicine.  Mary and Jim have been married since 1995. She is a former Army wife and proud mother of four children: Stephanie (18), John (15), Christina (10) and TJ(6). In true Army fashion, each of their children was born in a different state! 


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George "Michael" Childress- Allstar Cheer Coach

michael.mcecolumbus@gmail.com

He has been coaching since 2007, He is credentialed levels 1 through 5, which he has been for 6 years. He cheered for Columbus State Community College for 2 years, and coached recreational cheerleaders on the west side of Columbus . He started Allstar coaching at Westgate Recreational Center. And then moved to a new location for WGP 2007 to 2014, He then coached for Hilliard Cheer academy 2014 to 2015 and also cheered for the level 6 team FAME VIPS. He had been coaching Midwest for 4 years since 2015.


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Allison Turner- Allstar Cheer Coach

 Allison has been coaching since 2011 and she is USASF credentialed. Allison began her cheerleading career coaching at The Matrix Allstars in Columbus Ohio. Allison has experience coaching and competing levels 1-5. This is her 4th season with Midwest Cheer Elite, Columbus. Outside of cheerleading Allison is a Qualified Mental Health Specialist and Behavioral Coach working with children and adolescents with Autism and Down Syndrome. Allison has just recently married, she and her wife Kim live in Westerville, Ohio.


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Jennifer Tomes - Prep Team Director

jennifer.mcecolumbus@gmail.com

Jennifer coaches our teams as well as tumble classes. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with majors of Business Law and Human Resources from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the Central Ohio Athletic Association Board of Directors. Her gymnastic career started a very young age at her local YMCA and then on to gyms in Newark and Columbus, Ohio where she completed at the State level for five years.  She was a professional cheerleader with the Columbus Horizons (CBA) and continued to be active in the sport as a coach for her church Above The Rim cheerleading program.  
 

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