|Kelty helps Baylor songleaders mascots rack up awards at camp|
|From Staff Reports|
August 6, 2006 - Baylor University's songleaders and mascots — including Sulphur Springs' own Zach Kelty, the Baylor Bears' mascot "Bruiser" — earned some praise for themselves recently at Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp in San Marcos, earning several awards.
The songleader squad and mascots received the Most Collegiate Award, voted on by UCA staff. This award goes to the team that is “the epitome of what a college team should look like,” said outgoing spirit coordinator Elizabeth Williams. It takes the team’s image and skill level into account and is one of the most prestigious awards given.
Baylor’s mascots, Bruiser and Judge, were given the Leadership Award because of their roles as initiators and role models to the other mascots. During the week, the mascots make up skits and prepare routines to do during breaks in the games. The Leadership Award is voted on by all the other squads at camp, making it even more special for the mascots, said Williams.
Kelty, as Bruiser Bear, is no stranger to notoriety. He was selected to be one of 12 members of the 2005 Capital One All-America Mascot Team. After weeks of nationwide voting and appearing in his own promotional commercials, Bruiser finished in fifth place.
In high school, as the Sulphur Springs Wildcat mascot Wally the Wildcat, he also took first place in the mascot competition during the National Best Cheerleader and Dance Scholarship Championship.
The songleader squad won second place in the home routine competition.Baylor’s squad had not performed in this category in several years and were very proud of their high finish, said Williams.
Seven students were also selected to be on UCA staff, including Kelty, a a senior theater arts major. They will travel across the country as some of the best dance instructors and mascots to teach high school and middle school cheer and dance camps. The other students selected are:
-- Laura Blalock (mascot), a senior communication sciences and disorders major from Southlake
-- Rebekah Crosby, a junior speech communicationRussian studies major from Hattiesburg, Miss.
-- Jenna Ford, a junior communication sciences and disorders major from Deer Park
-- Jessica Giese, a sophomore education major from Plano
-- Tiffanie Harrison, a junior child and family studies major from Round Rock
-- Ryan Panasik, a junior business major from Garland