Cheerleaders prepare for rousing season

By MOLLIE BROWN/Community Columnist

Calera High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders attended cheerleading camp at the University of Alabama in June. They learned new cheers, chants, a hip-hop routine and several dances.

The varsity squad consists of seniors Hope Bailey (head), Haley Watts (head), Lori Ann Ellison (head), Jenny Richardson (head) and Tierra Robinson (head); sophomores Karissa Krause, JJ Ranson, Hollie Brown, Christan Smith, Brittanie Broadhead and Kymber McGibonny; and freshmen, Taylor McKinney and Kelsi Lee.

The girls worked hard to prepare for camp, varsity sponsor Danielle Freeman said. “They practiced four days a week for four hours each day.”

All of the girls commented that this was the best cheer camp experience ever.  They enjoyed the time to get to know each other and became closer as a team.

“When I first met them in March, most of them told me that their team goal this year was to get along and grow closer as a squad,” Freeman said. “They achieved this goal at camp.”

The varsity squad earned six out of six superior ribbons, a spirit stick, and fourth-place trophy for home pom dance routine.

The junior varsity cheerleaders are eighth graders Madison Brown (head), Morgan Brown (co-head), Haley Holder (co-head), Caitlin Jones, Kaity Britt, Paige Whitfield, Jessica Venegoni and Alannah Culbert; and seventh graders Bailey Gossett, Cassidy Clemenson, Madison Jacobs and Madison Brooks.

They won second place for their home pom routine, five superior ribbons, one excellent ribbon and a spirit stick.

Madison Brooks made it to the final round of the jump off competition and received an award for best all-around in leadership qualities and positive attitude.

Madison Brown said this year’s camp was an awesome experience.

“Everybody worked hard to get along and work together. It was a real eye opener for those who have never attended UCA cheer camp,” Brown said.

Before camp, the varsity girls were paired with the junior high in a big sister program little sister-to help ease camp worries.

One night they had a dance party in the dorm. It was a chance to have some down time and gave the big/little sisters the opportunity to relax and have fun after a hard day’s work.

Tierra Robinson, Madison Brown and Morgan Brown were chosen All-American Cheerleaders.

Robinson is invited to participate in the New Year’s Day parade in London and Madison and Morgan have the opportunity to participate with the UCA squad in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Mollie Brown can be reached at dmjhb1@bellsouth.net.

Calera High School cheerleaders won several awards during their stay at UCA cheerleader camp.