The state cheerleading competition concludes

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (Nebraska) — Cheerleading took center stage for the final day of the state cheer and dance championships.

Several schools have been working on their state tournament routines since the beginning of the school year. Cheering practice for these events includes early mornings and increased attention to detail. For some competitors, it’s a meter.

“It’s just great that we can all come together and execute on all the things we’ve learned for each other and being judged helps because then we’ll know what we have to work on and stuff for next year,” said Addison Ross, Sophomore at the Grand Island Senior High School.

Ross said sophomores the event can be scary, because the older girls had more cheerleading workouts to improve their skills. She also said that she learned the work each team does to work as a team to achieve their goal.

“When we’re out there competing on the mat, all eyes are on us,” said Grand Island Central Catholic Senior Emery Obermiller. “We have to be punctual, synchronized giving our best, showing our facial performance. It’s just a different competition, we’ve worked hard for it and we’ve put some time into it this year for what we’ve done.

Obermiller said the team worked together for many hours and are his best friends. High school seniors are generally emotional because making the last run affects them. The same can be said for a trainer who started the journey with them.

“These seniors hold a special place in my heart because they have been with me since the first year I started coaching,” said Makenzie Dunham, head cheerleading coach at GICC. “They have kind of helped lay the groundwork for what our program can do and what the expectations are. They have been with me since the beginning.

Dunham said the misconception is that some people think cheerleading is easy, but what people don’t see is that girls practice at 6 a.m. to perfect their cheerleading and the amount of reps they do are countless. .

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