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Carroll cheerleaders earn honors

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 BOONE, N.C. –– The Carroll County High School cheer program enjoyed another successful summer, earning numerous awards at the Universal Cheerleaders Association camp at Appalachian State University.

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The Cavalier varsity squad earned all superior ribbons en route to winning first place in the camp championship cheer and in home pom dance routine competitions, as well as winning the Leadership Award, chosen by the other squads in attendance.

“The meaning behind that is, if you could be on another squad other than your own, which one would you want to be a part of,” said Cavalier coach Nicole Lyons, in her 19th year. “The other squads chose Carroll County.  That means more to me than any first-place trophy.”

The camp was attended by more than 250 cheerleaders from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The junior varsity squad won first place in the school song performance competition, and the two Cavalier squads combined to gain six UCA all-American honors. Seniors Ashley Bailey, Eden Hodges and Alex Snow, sophomores Anna Reavis and Jordan Taylor, and freshman Annber McMillian were all-Americans for Carroll County.

Only 25 of the 250 cheerleaders were selected as UCA all-Americans. Tryouts were judged by the UCA staff and included a dance, cheer and jump. The three seniors will have the opportunity to perform in London, England during the Christmas holidays, and the sophomore and freshman representatives will have the chance to perform in Philadelphia over Thanksgiving.

The first-place honors also earned the team the opportunity to cheer at the 2011 Florida Capital One Citrus Bowl. It is the 16th time in 18 years of attending the camp that the Cavalier cheerleaders have earned that distinction.

“Every year, we are posed with new challenges due to seniors that graduated but I was so impressed with the hard work from both squads at summer camp, not just in learning new skills and techniques, but also their dedication towards teamwork,” said Lyons. 

Varsity team members are Ashley Bailey, Cheyenne Bolt, Jenah Dalton, Danni Daugherty, Rose Farris, Eden Hodges, Laken Hodges, Cheyenne Hunt, Alisha Leonard, Allison Mitchell, Ginny Reavis, Rachel Richardson, Sarah Sasser and Alex Snow. The JV team consists of Tia Anderson, Sue Caviness, Courtney Cox, Baylee Dalton, Jordan Hagee, Kalley Kirkland, McKenna Mabe, Annber McMillian, Brooke Quesenberry, Anna Reavis, Jenna Ring, Brittany Swain, Jordan Taylor and Amanda Webb.

“I love working with these young people,” said Lyons.  “Seeing them work hard on a new stunt and achieving it for the first time is such a thrill. We are definitely blessed at Carroll County High School to work with such a great group of young people.”