With superior performance and precision, the Grundy County High School cheerleaders made history on Saturday, March 29, winning the first national competition for the school and a place in the U.S. Finals.
Cheerleading has become incredibly competitive over the years. In order to win their division in the Go Coastal National Competition at Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta, the GCHS cheerleaders had to perform a near flawless routine that included standing pyramids, flips, tumbling, and precise choreography.
The competition drew teams from across the nation. Coach Teresa Fann says that GCHS faced teams from Lewisburg, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, and Decatur, Georgia in their division.
Fann is very proud of the entire cheerleading squad. The girls practice year-round and cheer during football and basketball seasons.
“We had to work in our practices for the competition around our regular practices,” reported Fann. “Our girls will be practicing over spring break to get ready for the upcoming U.S. Finals.”
When it comes to preparing for cheerleading at the competition level, not just any routine will suffice. The squad brought in a professional choreographer from Texas to develop and teach them the routine they would take to national competitions.
After all their hard work, how did the girls feel on Saturday morning as they made their way on stage? “I was excited and nervous, says freshman cheerleader Kelsi Mott. “But, I also felt prepared. After it was over I was confident in how we performed.”
The GCHS cheerleaders will be traveling to Pensacola, Florida to compete in the U.S. Finals on April 12. Fann says the squad will be raising money for the trip during the next week. For more information or to support the cheerleaders and their trip to the U.S. Finals, please contact Teresa Fann at email@example.com