Allison Anne Petrecca, 17, competitive cheerleader

November 15, 2003

Allison Anne Petrecca, a recent graduate of Bel Air High School who was a member of several competitive cheerleading squads, was killed in an automobile accident Tuesday in Worthington Valley. She was 17.

Miss Petrecca was born in Baltimore and spent her early years in Perry Hall. She later moved to Bel Air, where she graduated in June from Bel Air High School.

While in high school, Miss Petrecca was a waitress at the Lone Star Steakhouse in Bel Air.

"She graduated from high school a year early by taking summer courses. At her death, she was working for Hair Designs in Bel Air and had planned to attend cosmetology school," said her father, Ronald J. Petrecca of Bel Air.

She began dancing when she was 3 years old and later became interested in competitive cheerleading. She was a member of the Bel Air All-Stars and the Viper All-Stars.

Miss Petrecca was especially fond of her pet dogs, cats and birds.

Miss Petrecca was a communicant of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 1401 Hickory Ave., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

In addition to her father, Miss Petrecca is survived by her mother, Karen W. Petrecca of Bel Air; a brother, Jack Waldner of Ocean City; her paternal grandmother, Mary Petrecca of Essex; and maternal grandfather, John Waldner of Perry Hall.

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