Special to the Citizen
The Morgan County High School Cheerleaders were crowned Game Day Champions at the Inaugural GHSA Game Day Competition. This competition is new to the state of Georgia and was held at Putnam County High School in partnership with Varsity Brands, Inc. on Saturday, February 23. The competition focused on game day skills that would be used at football or basketball games. The teams competed in three preliminary rounds containing the fight song, a band chant, and a crowd-leading cheer each lasting less than one minute. The five teams with the highest preliminary scores advanced to the final round where they competed by putting all of the skills together and responding to a game day situation called out by the announcer. Teams were then judged again based on this second performance of less than three minutes.
Morgan County won first place in the 1A-3A division followed by Haralson County in second, Jeff Davis in third place, and Sonoraville in fourth place. In the 4A-5A division, Denmark High School placed first followed by Wayne County, Mary Persons, and Woodland respectively. In the 6A-7A division, North Gwinnett took home first place honors and was followed by Mill Creek, West Forsyth, and Hillgrove.
This competition allowed the Spirit cheerleaders to showcase their crowd-leading skills and was a great experience for the competitors. The MCHS Cheerleaders began working on some components of this competition back during football season, but really began to dedicate time to preparing for this event during January and February. The music that the cheerleaders used was provided by our own MCHS marching band under the direction of Mr. Jeffrey Rowser and was recorded live at a football game. All during the preparations for this event, the cheerleaders have continued to cheer at football and basketball games. They look forward to competing again next year and hope to defend their inaugural title.
Coach Denise Frost had this to say, “I am so proud of the hard work and dedication that these young ladies put in for this new competition. None of us really knew what to expect, but we read everything that we could about it and looked at examples from other states and worked together to create our routine. I have a strong group of seniors that embraced this competition and really made it happen for our team this year and they will be greatly missed. The underclassmen really enjoyed the experience and most of the talk while we were waiting for awards was about next year. The team really had a great time on Saturday.”