Tumbling to the Top: Competition Cheer Season Wrap-Up


Lorelai Canady, Staff Writer

Competition Cheer is a prime factor to a cheerleader’s motivation and ambition. Flying into a new season, the girls were excited for their fresh start with a new team, routine, and new set of competition. This year’s team had “very strong in stunts”, explained Lyndsi Wright. Making a good base for the competition season, the HHS cheer team started out with a win at Ringgold. The team “never stopped working and till the very last practice continued to want to improve” Coach Burkett said. The girls’ favorite memory from their season was State. Burkett shared her most memorable moment from the season “walking off the floor at state, and the girls knowing they executed their best routine of the season was a great memory. Also, the girls bonding and spending time together on the way to state where they just got to relax and have fun was a great experience.” This team was so appreciative of their seniors this year and the impact they had. Freshmen were thankful for the upperclassmen’s uplifting corrections and motivation to keep the season exciting. Many of the seniors never thought that they would have to step up to lead like this. Mia Caheely said, “I definitely think I stepped up myself to try and motivate the team to be the best that we could be, and I’m proud of how I’ve improved over all the years from middle school up until now.” 

Not only did the seniors have to step up, but the underclassmen quickly grew and became more mature in their decisions for the team. Coach Burkett added on “My seniors were standouts this year with their leadership. They were determined to do their best and pushed the underclassmen to do the same.” The coaches are excited for the new team since “we also had some underclassmen standouts really lead the team in tumbling, and the new flyers really stepped up and executed well”, Burkett exclaimed. The Competition Cheerleading team had such a great season with many first place wins, as well as placing eighth at the GHSA state competition. Not only will the team miss their seniors, but they will miss this team’s bond and relationships.