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SSMS cheer squad brings home multiple honors from summer camp

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The Sulphur Springs Middle School cheerleaders will begin the new  year on an especially high note, returning to the halls with numerous awards for their chants, technical improvement and spirit at the National Cheerleader Association Spirit Camp at Southern Methodist University.

Jaleigh Avery, who serves as Willie the mascot, was named to the All-American team. Four other members of the cheer squad – Alex Chancellor, Jaci Davis, Charmain Crook and Madison Ramirez – were also nominated for All-American.

“These girls are eligible to perform at various NCA special events,” noted Paula Altenbaumer, who was in charge of the SSMS cheerleaders.

In order to even be nominated for the All-American Team, cheerleaders had to demonstrate strength in one or more of the following skills areas: motions, jumps, stunts, tumbling, dance or leadership.

The SSMS squad as a whole also racked up quite a few awards. The girls brought home a spirit stick, awarded for sincere spirit and enthusiasm throughout the entire week of camp.

They also earned a bid to compete in the NCA National Competition, a “tremendous accomplishment” awarded to “teams exemplifying the best technical skills and cheerleading techniques.”

Not bad for the squad awarded the “Most Improved Award,” given to the team which showed consistent improvement throughout the week-long competition.

They also brought home the Champion Chant trophy, awarded for technical skills as well as their ability to lead a crowd when utilizing a chant learned during spirit camp.

“The SSMS Cheerleaders represented the city of Sulphur Springs in a very honorable manner,” Altenbaumer noted. “As you can see, they are very talented and are looking forward to a great athletic year.”

In addition to improving their skills, the camp also provided an opportunity for the girls to mingle with more than 12,000 other middle school and high school cheerleaders.




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