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OC cheer squad performs well

OC cheer squad performs well

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:01 pm

The Obion County Central High School varsity cheerleading squad recently attended the Universal Cheerleading Association’s Cheer Camp at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
During their stay, they participated in squad strengthening activities, cheer instruction, dance instruction and stunt classes. It is a tradition of the squad to work their hardest at letting others see how much school spirit they possess, head coach Eva Essary said. On the first day, the girls worked so hard at this tradition that they were awarded with the coveted “Banana Award.” This award is awarded every day to the squad who truly knows what it means to have school spirit and stand out as the best among many.
Each evening the squad was evaluated on their progress of learning the skills which were taught at camp. For every performance, the OCCHS squad received a gold ribbon. Gold ribbons were only given to two squads at camp and symbolize that the squad performed a “perfect” routine and is ready to shine on the competition floor.
On the last day, the squad participated in the “Camp Champ Competition.” In the routine division, the squad had to learn a dance and incorporate stunts. The OC cheerleaders received first place in this division. In the cheer division, the squad had to learn a cheer and incorporate creative stunts. The girls received second place in this division.
The girls were also rewarded with the Tradition Award. This award is voted on by the staff members and is awarded to the squad that possesses the most school spirit, positive attitudes and leadership among the squads at camp. “This award is an amazing honor for the squad who receives it,” Miss Essary said.
Assistant coach Ashleigh Wilds said, “In the short time I’ve worked with these girls, I’ve encountered all around outstanding athletes who have the potential to do amazing things.”
Ms. Essary added, “Last year, we received a bid at the Midsouth Regional Competition that offered us the opportunity to attend the National High School Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Fla. With the financial help and support from our community, we were able to attend the competition. We only made it through the first round, but our girls performed amazingly and represented our community well by putting our name into the spotlight in the competitive cheerleading circuit.
“There are many who are anxious to see how we do this year. Our goal is to receive a bid once again this year, return to the national competition and make it to the final round. These girls have already shown at camp that they possess the talent, willpower and positive attitudes that are needed to reach this goal. I know they can do it and I’m excited to see them become something amazing. I am so proud to say that I am the coach of such a wonderful group of girls. As the girls say at the end of every practice, ‘We can. We will. We want finals.’”
Squad members include seniors Tori Mitchell, Allison Reddin, Rachel Laux, Maghen Clancy and Kendal Byassee; juniors Victoria Stevenson, Lauren Richards, Crystal Brady, Jordan Epperson, Sadye Storey, Kristen Scobey, Summer London, Carly White, Leah Korn, Chelsea Carter and Savannah Snead; and sophomores Marissa Howard, Sabrina Clutter and Allison Wicker.
Published in The Messenger 6.30.10

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