Hip hip hooray! SM East cheer squads earn top honors at NCA camp

SM East’s freshman cheer squad celebrates after taking first place in its division.

School hasn’t even started yet, and already we need to give three cheers to the SM East cheerleaders.

Three squads competed over the weekend at a National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) camp held at SM Northwest. There were five other high school teams at the camp — and SM East’s squads walked away with first place honors in all three advanced cheer competitions. All three squads — varsity, junior varsity and freshman — also earned bids to the NCA nationals competition. The varsity squad also earned an accolade for excellence in stunts, and won the “Herkie Award” for exemplifying leadership, values and teamwork, the qualities the NCA was founded upon.

Additionally, four individual SM East cheerleaders earned individual honors. Lexi Belzer, Sarah Colburn and Alexis Welch all earned All American distinctions. Tim Whittaker earned All American distinction and scored the highest point total in all of the competitions.