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Rachel Simpson & Paige O'Brien
By Kevin Devlin

Young friends enjoy being involved in the South Boston Pop Warner Football League

     Like so many young girls, they just like to hang out with their friends and have fun. They both said that before they can do anything after school, they have to finish up their homework.

     And, they both love being part of a talented cheerleading squad, and going to the various football fields to cheer on their team. Their names are Paige O'Brien and Rachel Simpson.

     Paige, 10, is in the fifth grade at Saint Peter's Academy. She loves going to English class but need more motivation when preparing for her math studies.

     This season is her first year on the "B" squad that captured the Bay State Cheerleading title last year at Braintree High School. Even though she wasn't a member last year on this squad, she attended the championships, and will never forget the thrill of victory.

     "I was thrilled," said Paige. "I was jumping up and down and hugged my friends, it was great."

     Rachel, 12, is a seventh-grader at Boston Latin Academy. She likes math class but isn't too keen about her social studies chores. But nevertheless, she was on the Honor Roll for the entire school year as a sixth-grader at the Gate of Heaven Elementary School, and intends to continue her academic success at the Academy.

     Rachel's favorite movie star is Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings), she also sees stars when she sees Tom Brady, and she loves chicken fingers and fries from the Fish Pier when she's watching "Made" on MTV.

     Rachel has been taking Irish Step dancing lessons for six years and has studied the reel, the jig, the slip jig, and the hard shoe. She has played wing and forward in the South Boston Youth Lacrosse League for two seasons. Rachel has also been a cheerleader for five seasons and was a "B" team champion last year.

     "I was shocked when they announced that we had won," Rachel said. "I couldn't believe we did it but we did. It's something I will remember for a long time."

     Paige wants to be a teacher someday, while Rachel intends to be a lawyer.

     They have plenty of time to prepare for that faraway day when they enter the workforce, but for now, I know they just plan on enjoying life in Southie.

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Something to Cheer About - Rachel Simpson and Paige O'Brien