By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor
Last week, head Coach Denise Frost and the MCHS varsity and JV cheerleading squads attended the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Cheerleading Camp at Truett-McConnell College with 27 girls participating. While there the cheerleaders learned two dances, six sideline chants, and four cheers while also competing on the final day bringing home several awards.
The varsity was awarded the Best of the Best Cheer and the JV won the Best of the Best Supreme Routine. Kaylee Darsey auditioned and was awarded an All-American cheerleader status. Kaylee and Gracie Williams were also recognized with the Heart of the Athlete Certificates which recognizes cheerleaders who demonstrate the four core values of the FCA-excellence, teamwork, service, and integrity. Jordan Adcock also won the jump-off award. Both the varsity and JV brought home the spirit award called the Sword of the Spirit. In other cheer news, Adcock has been selected as one of the top 40 cheerleaders in the state and will be competing for Cheerleader of the Year in Columbus, Georgia on Saturday, August 8th. This award is sponsored by the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association.
This week the cheerleaders are hosting their annual Cheerleading Kiddie Camp at the high school for girls aged four to twelve years old. Coach Frost said, “The girls will learn a dance and chants as a group and will create a routine just for their age group that includes a cheer, dance, stunts, and/or tumbling. We will also have snacks and crafts each day to keep the energy level through the roof. The camp will run from 9-11:30 each day this week and there will be a parent performance on Friday at 10:00 am. The theme this year is Spirit and will be accompanied by an 80’s dress-up day on Thursday.
All these kiddie campers are encouraged to perform with us at the Back to School Rally on August 1st at Morgan Memorial Hospital and also at pregame of one of our home football games.” Coach Leslie Watkins ran Monday’s camp with the kids and told us more about the first day, “Today was an introduction day where they break up into age groups and learn chants and cheers. There were 81 girls participating and we really tried to make the little ones (kindergarten and below) comfortable by pairing them with an older girl. They seemed to enjoy that.
Later in the week we will begin splitting time between cheers and skills like motions and jumps. We also had 40 of our varsity and JV girls helping out as well as coaches Ashley Wegmann and Kaleigh Sidwell. Our main focus is to prepare the fourth and fifth graders for middle school tryouts when they will be eligible in the sixth grade. I thought it went great.”