OCCHS cheerleaders bring home awards
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 8:21 pm
Obion County Central High School varsity cheerleaders recently attended the UCA Cheer Camp at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
During the event, the girls learned cheers, chants, dances, miniature routines, building techniques and safety techniques. They were allowed to work as a squad and create new goals for the squad and the school.
Each night they performed for judges and received superior ribbons, which are the highest awards. They also won the “Banana” award, which is a spirit award, for the entire week.
They competed in Camp Champs on the last day and won second place in the elite division, which is the most difficult division to compete in, head coach Eva Essary said. They had to create their routine in only three days.
Camp staff awarded the squad the “Tradition Award,” which stands for exemplary school traditions and squad traditions. This award is coveted since it is given by the camp staff, according to their coach.
“It definitely shows that our girls think highly of school traditions and show it when out in the community,” Ms. Essary said.
Four girls from the squad got the opportunity to receive Camp All-Star rewards. It shows that the girl is a “top notch” cheerleader. Camp All-Stars were judged by the camp staff. The competition includes an opportunity to go to London to cheer with other “top notch” cheerleaders around the world.
Ms. Essary said the girls’ biggest goals for the week were to win the Banana and the Beach Ball awards. They received both.
The awards show the girls exemplify spirit and leadership regardless of where they are, the coach said.
Assistant coach Jennifer Creech added, “We both feel the girls have improved leaps and bounds from last year. The teamwork on this squad is better than it has ever been. These girls truly care for one another and support each other through every obstacle that faces them, whether it is related to cheerleading or outside of cheerleading. Camp gave us the foundation we needed for a great squad who will be able to accomplish many goals for this upcoming school year.”
Published in The Messenger 9.15.08
Obion County Central High School