Wildcats dominate cheeleading competition

The Oak Harbor Wildcats cheerleaders captured not only “Top Team” trophies in both the varsity and non-varsity divisions but Kristin Acton also won “Top Cheerleader” at National Cheerleader Association camp at the University of Washington.

The Wildcat varsity cheerleaders continued their tradition by winning the title of “Top Team” for the eighth year. This is the third time that the JV won “Top Team” in their division.

To grab these titles, the Cats beat out 11 schools on the last day of camp when each squad performed a cheer incorporating tumbling, stunts, and jumps. The mighty Wildcat cheerleaders, both varsity and JV, also won bids to NCA National competition in December in Texas. The Cats earned stunt, jump, and motion awards, too, plus the coveted Spirit Stick.

Coach Pam Headridge said this the camp is a place to learn new material for the upcoming 2002 fall season plus compare skills against other school cheer squads. During the week-long camp, the cheerleaders learned new dances, cheers and chants and stunts like the “tornado” and “presto to awesome.”

“We astonished both the instructors and fellow cheerleaders by incorporating the stunts that we learned into a series of pyramids and transitions for the final day evaluation,” said captain Tiffany Richards. “I am excited about the upcoming season! We all bonded at camp and had no conflicts or personality problems. It was pure teamwork throughout the week-long camp!”

Several individual cheerleaders nabbed special awards, too. Kristin Acton, Anna Galgana, Devon Shulock, Allison Hogan, and Stephanie Bragg were selected for the NCA All American Team. They will be eligible to perform in the Hula Bowl and Orange Bowl. Kim Boon won the Leadership Award.

Varsity cheerleaders who attended camp were Kristin Acton, Kim Boon, Anna Galgana, Kristin Loan, Nikki McClaskey, Tiffany Richards, Devon Shulock, Lauren Shulock, Lauren Acton, Stephanie Bragg, Vanessa Armstrong, Michelle Gagnon, Rebecca Ford, Sarah Bottenberg, Khrystine Medina, Allison Hogan, Cassy Cooley, Alicia McDaniel, Megan Longland, Jessica Bowden, Jessica Gilbert and Hannah Berry.

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