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OC girls to compete at nationals

OC girls to compete at nationals

Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 9:19 pm

OC girls to compete at nationals | Obion County Central High School varsity cheerleading squad

Senior members of the squad include (from left) Kelsey Reed, Hillary Jones, Chelsea Boyd, Susan Douglas, Hope Burt, Jerrie Carrington and Adrienne Devasier.
The Obion County Central High School varsity cheerleading squad rolled out on a bus late Thursday night for what could be one of their biggest competitions ever.
They will be attending the National High School Cheerleading Competition at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Fla., through Tuesday.
“These girls have put in many hours of hard work and have dedicated a part of their lives to make way for the future of the cheerleading program at OCCHS,” head coach Eva Essary said.
Ms. Essary said this year’s senior class made a pledge to be a competitive cheer program.
“These seniors have paved the way for future cheerleaders at Obion Central to one day come home with a national title.  This class began vigorously competing in the fall of 2007 and have never failed to lose sight of their dreams,” she said.
The coach said this past summer, at UCA camp in Martin, the girls were noticed by the regional director of UCA and were encouraged to attend a regional competition in Memphis. On Nov. 7, 2009, the girls headed to Memphis with one goal in mind: to receive a bid to nationals. At this competition, the girls not only received their bid, they came home with second place in the region. From that point, the girls and coaches worked harder to make their routine more difficult for the national competition.
Attending this competition is the highest level a cheerleader can reach. This event is the equivalent of a professional football player attending the Super Bowl, Ms. Essary said.
“Because this is our first year, we don’t know what to expect, but the next goal the girls set for themselves is to make it to the final round,” she said. “I believe if they keep their minds set on this goal they can do it. I have some of the hardest working athletes in this school. Since they made the squad in May, we have been practicing. Even in the hardest of times, these girls never lost sight of their dream: making it to finals at nationals. This program has grown leaps and bounds in the three years that I have been with it. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me and my girls.”
Assistant coach Ashleigh Wilds agreed. “I have been blessed to be a part of this group of girls for this past year. I am so proud of them and how far they have come in the one year that I have helped them. I am so excited to see how far they can go.”
The televised event will air in the month of April on ESPN.  The entire event can be tracked by logging on to www.varsity.com.
Published in The Messenger 2.12.10

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