• August 20, 2014

Future Stars

Cove cheerleaders thrive at national camp competition

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The Copperas Cove Junior High School Bullpup cheerleaders received top honors at the area National Cheerleading Association camp held in Lampasas. Four cheerleaders and two mascots were designated as All-American nominees.

The Copperas Cove Junior High School Bullpup cheerleaders showed their mettle against their competition recently at the National Cheerleader Association Camp in Lampasas.

The Bullpups cheer squad won first place in Champion Chant and received ‘Superior’ ribbons during their final evaluation. The members were judged on stunts, pyramids, jumps, motion and dance, and timing.

The girls learned several dances in addition to cheers and chants used during football games. They also were able to show off their stunting prowess during set stunt clinic times.

The girls were evaluated and competed in a campwide competition, Coach Jennifer Wills said.

“I’m very proud of how the girls came together during camp. They truly showed what it was like to be one team,” she said. “The girls worked hard to learn their chants, cheers, and dances, and the mascots worked hard to show their school spirit and pride. I’m proud of their work ethic, determination and positive attitudes throughout camp.”

NCA staff was searching for All-American nominees at the camp. Four Bullpups cheerleaders — Tatum Hines, Keiona Callier, Madisen Honea and Alieyah Pauly — and two mascots — Madelyn Miller and Madison Newel-Foist — were nominated to the All-American team. The team performs at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and at Disney World during Christmas.

Cheerleader Cassandra Navarette said NCA camp was a learning experience.

“We learned a variety of things at camp such as cheers, chants, and dances,” she said. “But most importantly we have become closer not just as a team, but as a family.”

Although the squad excelled in several areas, Miller said NCA cheer camp was very educational and fun.

“The mascot instructor helped prepare us to entertain and pump up the spirit through skits and comedy,” Miller said. “I know I have a lot more to learn, but the camp gave me great ideas for the school year.”

Honea said areas of improvement have become evident based on the squad’s scores.

“We learned dances and to make sure we have sharp motions,” Honea said.

“We need to work on our stunting. We were really excited when we won our trophy.”

But it is not all about winning. It’s about teamwork, building skills and inspiring excellence and growing the squad members into leaders, Wills said.

“Even if we hadn’t won the competition, I know the girls did their best, and that’s all I could have asked for,” Wills said.

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