Competition Cheer Team Make It to State

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Competition Cheer Team Make It to State

Grace Smith, Staff Writer

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“Many of the girls have only been cheering for 2-3 years and they all have hearts of gold. They genuinely enjoy each other and want to succeed. That is something that can’t be taught or coached!” said Coach Cyndi Studer, middle school cheer coach. The school competition cheer team has never been to Regionals, and the year they went they won it! Cheer regional for Region Nine was held on November 5. This competition determined whether the school would make it to state to or not. The team competed against three other teams and got first place. Coach Studer and Coach Sue Shewalter were extremely excited, and couldn’t wait to go to state!

Coach Studer said, “My expectations going into the competition were that we would place, but Camp Ernst Middle School was an experienced team. Beating them was very unlikely.” In preparation for regionals, the routine was not very difficult, but it looked good because it was smooth and clean. “The only team I was worried about was Camp Ernst Middle School,” said Coach Studer. Camp Ernst was the best competition and the goal was to beat them. Camp Ernst had their tryouts and got their routine in May while the middle school got theirs in September giving Camp Ernst a 4-month head start! Even though the team was at a disadvantage the girls pulled together.

When the announcer called the results for Region 9 and the girls were beyond happy as they jumped up in excitement! Brynn Seither, eighth grader, said, “My first initial reaction was that the judges read the paper wrong. We have been against Camp Ernst for a while now and have never beat them and to beat them at a big competition is shocking! When I realized we actually won, I was so proud of every one of our teammates for leading us to victory.

All the teams were spread out across the mats playing games and talking amongst themselves. The team waited nervously. “I didn’t feel very confident because a few of our stunts did not hit, and when I was cheering I couldn’t see everyone, so I didn’t know how everyone else did or if their stunts fell. I honestly thought that we would be coming second, but when they announced that Camp Earnst was in second, I was in shock. They were the team that we needed to beat in order to win. Once I found out we won I was so excited,” said Bailey Gabbard, eighth grader. The team is so excited to be able to go to state.

The Kentucky State competition was held on December 15 in Lexington Kentucky. The practices leading up to the state competition were very hard, but the team had to give it their all if they wanted to place well. The practices included working step-by-step through the routine trying to make it perfect. Rudi Wilson, sixth grader, said, “The practices make me tired especially because on Sundays we practice for 3 hours when I could be doing other things with my friends or family. I understand because we wanted to win.” The results at state were not what the team wanted, but they understand what went wrong. The team got thirteenth out of sixteenth. They had a perfect routine and not one stunt fell but the difficulty level was still not high enough. Eastside Middle School was the state winner. Eastside Middle School would have been very hard to beat. They went on to get first place at the National Middle School Cheer Competition.

The team successfully took on the hard road to regionals and learned a great deal at the state competition.