Cheer takes 3rd at Nationals

Story by Feliciti Mitts, Reporter

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 Fort Osage Cheerleaders placed 3rd in the National Cheer Association’s National Championship on Jan. 26-29, making it their highest ranking in school history.

“I’m very proud of the kids’ overall improvement at the Dallas showcase,” Head Cheer Coach, Heather Hopkins said. “This is the first year we’ve placed third in the nation and all of their hard work paid off.”

Out of the 17 teams in the division, Fort Osage performed their routine without any deductions. They spent many hours during the week to perfect their routine.

“I’m proud of my team for working their hardest and coming together as a team,” junior Allee Herrman said, “We’re proving to ourselves and others that we were better than last year! For us to be better, our team practiced 3 or 4 times a week for three hours.”

Last year, the team placed 17th in nationals. They used this as motivation for this year and came back with a perfected routine.

“It is a way better improvement than the previous years and it’s a big accomplishment getting 3 out of 17 in the nation,” Sophomore Alexus Wily said. “Next year I hope we bring some energy and have everyone working just as hard, if not harder.”

The team as a whole is pleased with their performance, and placing 3rd in the final competition of the season.

“I thought it was a great way to end the season and my senior year,” Senior Christina Freeman said, “I know the team will continue to gain more confidence and continue to grow after I have graduated.”

 

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