December 5, 2020

HHS Cheerleaders excel at NCA Camp

2013-2014 Braves Varsity Cheerleaders (Front L-R): Hannah Fairbanks, Dallis Watts, Kiara Robinson, Alexis Emory (Middle): Taylor Brazeal, Angel North, Nicole Neighbors, Abbie Padgett, Caitlin Wiggins, Madison Laprade (Back): Madelyn Rusinyak, Savannah Stephens, Makayla Fuller, Brittany Witcher

2013-2014 Braves Varsity Cheerleaders (Front L-R): Hannah Fairbanks, Dallis Watts, Kiara Robinson, Alexis Emory (Middle): Taylor Brazeal, Angel North, Nicole Neighbors, Abbie Padgett, Caitlin Wiggins, Madison Laprade (Back): Madelyn Rusinyak, Savannah Stephens, Makayla Fuller, Brittany Witcher

(Auburn, AL) — The Heard High School varsity cheerleaders attended a National Cheerleaders Association camp at Auburn University July 21-24 where they were taught four dances, ten chants, as well as numerous other cheers, stunts, and pyramids.

The squad was evaluated by NCA staff Monday night and Wednesday morning on both a chant and a cheer. During each evaluations, the girls earned Superior Ribbons, the NCA’s highest award.

Caitlin Wiggins, Kiara Robinson, Hannah Fairbanks, Taylor Brazeal, Alexis Emory, Makayla Fuller, and Madison Laprade were each nominated for the All-American Award during the All-American tryouts Tuesday night.  Robinson and Laprade were chosen for the All-American team.

On Wednesday morning, the squad competed in two divisions: “Champion Chant” and “Game Day Top Team.” The HHS squad won the Champion Chant competition.

The girls also received two awards based on their performance during the entire camp which were voted on by the NCA staff: the “Motions Award” and the “Safe Stunt Award.”: Additionally, the girls won the Spirit Stick all four days of camp.

New cheer coach, Amanda Pike was awarded by the NCA staff as “Positively Prepared Coach.”

 “Winning that award was shocking. So much has changed in cheerleading since 2006 when I last coached,” said Pike. “We were all truly exhausted, but each and every girl maintained a fabulous attitude and gave 100% all four days. I was so very impressed with each young lady and her diligence. I cannot wait for Heard County fans to see these girls under the Friday night lights.”

Pike also expressed her appreciation for all the help from the cheer parents in traveling to AU to watch and support the squad and for there valuable help in loading and unloading at the dorms.

The 2013-2014 varsity cheerleaders have taken on a new challenge as a squad this year and hopefully in years to come. As cheerleaders; they are wanting to connect, not just on the field, but also in the community as positive role models.

All-Americans Madison Laprade (L) and Kiara Robinson (R)

All-Americans Madison Laprade (L) and Kiara Robinson (R)

When Senior Cheer Captain Caitlin Wiggins’ brother-in-law was deployed, she visited the memorials of the soldiers that gave their lives. Caitlin also learned about the Wounded Warrior project.

This project was started in 2002 by family members and neighbors of service men and women that were severely wounded from war. The Wounded Warrior project provides all types of services from simple calls of encouragement to help with extended surgeries and hospital stays for soldiers.

During the Future Braves Cheer Camp held earlier this summer, Caitlin shared this experience and each young camper colored a thank you card for a soldier. These cards were sent to our soldiers serving the National Guard in Atlanta.

All of the girls are excited about a new football season which officially kicks off on August 23 at Staples Stadium when arch rival Callaway visits for the second annual Pulpwood Classic.

Comments

  1. Rodney Kay says

    Awesome job girls!! Thanks for the hard work Ms. Pike

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