A celebration took place at John Glenn High School on Tuesday evening. In anticipation of its appearance on NBC's "America's Got Talent," the school's varsity pompon held a watch party. About half an hour before the show, supporters gathered at the high school to mingle. A red carpet photo opportunity was set up inside, complete with star plaques engraved with the names of the girls. As concessions were provided, the smell of popcorn filled the air.
Coaches and players received gift baskets, flowers, and trophies. The young women were dressed to the nines. When they performed dressed as Pitbull in a recent high kick competition, family members carried cutouts of the girls' faces or wore shirts with their faces on them; that performance garnered attention on social media, and that's how they got on AGT. Nicole Burgeson of Bay City wore the shirt. As she described the experience of seeing her daughter, Maren Burgeson, as surreal, she described it as surreal. In addition, she praised the dedication and hard work of her pom coach, Shelby Putnam. The team wins a lot of state championships, but this one is different, Nicole explained. "Seeing them excel in this area is special.
It makes me happy that they were recognized."Matt Huziar came out to support his son's girlfriend on the pom team. Having seen their previous routines at sports games, he eagerly anticipated seeing their AGT performance. Huziar stated, "This is huge for the girls.". It was a lot of work for the girls. There was a lot of practice. I think they're pretty awesome."An audience filled the auditorium where NBC was streaming live. Among those in attendance was Renee Mrozinski, principal of Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Bay City.
When the girls were in middle school, she knew them all and was very proud of them. Mrozinski said he never expected this to happen to a Bay City team. The experience was an incredible one for the girls, and we're so glad they were able to share it with us."Putnam took the stage shortly before 8 p.m. to thank Bangor Township Schools administration, parents, and friends."These women are amazing, and this is so well-deserved," Putnam said. I am so grateful to you. I am grateful to you for raising such great women."In the darkened auditorium, spectators waited for the varsity pompon's performance for more than an hour. Among the judges were Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Simon Cowell, who reviewed singers, dancers, and even a circus professional. After being absent due to illness, Howie Mandel returned to his judge's seat halfway through the two-hour show.
It was fitting that the next act after Mandel's return was John Glenn High School Varsity Pompon, dressed as Mandel. On stage, the 13 girls, wearing bald caps, round glasses, black suits, and white shirts, were greeted with loud cheers from the school's auditorium. In their seats, the judges danced along with the pompon team as they danced to Pitbull's "Fireball." John Glenn High School erupted in cheers and screams of delight when the team received four "yeses" from the judges. Several well-wishers gathered outside the auditorium to congratulate the girls. In addition to her mother, Jeanne Wittkopp, Tera Howard, and her brother Shawn Galan, all of Bay City, Madisyn Galan met with her family. Even though they were able to travel out to California for the taping, they were still excited to see the episode air. Shawn said it was great to be in the theater with such an enthusiastic crowd.
It would have been nice to see all the angles on TV if we had seen the edited version."Howard said, "There are no words.". "It's just unbelievable.". We are so proud of them all. It's well deserved for all the hard work they've put in."It was weird seeing myself from the stage," Madisyn said. "But I don't remember the moment. I felt like I was watching a dream."Putnam was thrilled to see so many people at the watch party, stating that it reiterates how amazing the community is and he is as excited as the team to see them appear on AGT. Having everyone in here and feeling the energy brought Putnam back to the day the team performed. I had an amazing time. To have our community behind us."Although all four judges approved the varsity pompon, the team will have to wait to find out if they will advance.