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First and last homecoming for W.T. Clarke cheerleader sisters

Elena, left, and Adrianna Danielo enjoy the W.T.

Elena, left, and Adrianna Danielo enjoy the W.T. Clarke High School homecoming football game in Westbury on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Photo Credit: Danielle De Souza

Adrianna Danielo, a senior and cheerleader at W.T. Clarke High School in Westbury, was a little melancholy during the school's homecoming game on Saturday because she knew she was cheering at that special event for the last time.

However, her little sister, Elena, a freshman, was excited because it was her first time cheering at homecoming. As one sister is beginning her high school journey, the other is ending it.

"I woke up this morning sad because it's my last homecoming and I realized that Elena is growing up," Adrianna, 17, said. "She has four great years ahead of her."

Elena, 14, said that she grew up seeing her sister cheering and she followed in her footsteps.

"I would watch her in competitions and I saw how talented she was, and I wanted to be that good," she said.

Their mother, Rose Danielo, smiled as she watched her daughters cheer from the bleachers.

"This is bittersweet," she said. "I'm glad they get to cheer together for a year, but it's hard to let them go. One is going to college while the other is starting high school. They are both growing up."

The sisters offered advice to each another as they soon head in different paths.

"Elena, cherish the moment," Adrianna said. "When I was a freshman I could not wait to be a senior, and now I wish I was a freshman again."

And to her big sister, Elena said, "Enjoy your new journey when you go to college. Work hard, but make sure you have fun."

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