FCPS cheerleaders excel in UCA national competition
Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Monday, November 7, 2016
Paul Laurence Dunbar placed second in Varsity Division I (large varsity), and Henry Clay was second in Game Day (small varsity coed) at the 2017 National High School Cheerleading Championship, which ran Feb. 11-12 in Orlando.
Dunbar also received the Nation’s Trophy for recording the highest score in the World School competition (91) and placed first in large varsity. World School was invitation-only and open to 10 teams in each division.
In addition, Dunbar was fourth in Game Day’s junior varsity division, Henry Clay placed ninth in large JV, and Edythe J. Hayes Middle School was 10th in small junior high.
New for 2016-17, teams had to attend a Varsity Spirit Camp and participate in the squad credentialing program to be eligible to compete and receive a bid at a fall qualifying tournament. The annual UCA national competition is held at the Walt Disney World Resort and is nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2.
Dunbar secures another state title
Paul Laurence Dunbar won another state title in competitive cheer in 2016-17. In the all-girl large team division, Dunbar edged Bowling Green by nine-tenths of a point for the KHSAA championship Dec. 10 at Alltech Arena. In other action at the Kentucky Horse Park, Tates Creek competed in the coed B division.
Dunbar, led by Coach Donna G. Martin, advanced to state after winning the large varsity division in the 11th Region tournament Nov. 5 in Georgetown. Henry Clay was runner-up. Dunbar also placed second in the all-girls super division. Meanwhile, Lafayette finished fourth in the all-girls-medium division and second in the all-girls small group. In coed competition, Henry Clay was runner-up in the “A” division, and Tates Creek was the only team in the “B” group.
Since 2012-13, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) has recognized competitive cheer as a sports activity. Cheerleaders previously competed through KAPOS, the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors. Some schools also travel for contests organized by the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA).