PROSPERITY — Members of the Mid-Carolina Middle School cheerleading team attended a four-day UCA Cheer Camp at Lander University.
The team earned four Gold Superior, two Blue Superior, one Excellent Ribbon, three first place trophies, one second place trophy and a spirit stick. The camp was held Aug. 5 through Aug. 8.
Each morning the girls had a wake-up call at 6:15 a.m. to get their day started. They were taught numerous cheers, chants, and dances.
The squad had four girls try out for All-American Cheerleader.
Each summer at UCA, UDA, NCA, NDA and USA camps, thousands of cheerleaders and dancers try out for the All-American title, but only 12 percent are chosen. Skyler Ammons and Dontasia Farrow were selected for this award.
Ammons and Farrow received an invitation to travel to Walt Disney World during Thanksgiving and participate in the opening ceremonies to the Magic Kingdom Park Main Street USA parade.
Universal Cheerleading Association sponsors The Pin It Forward program as a way to promote all the reasons why America Needs Cheerleaders, specifically the values developed through cheerleading, such as leadership, spirit, commitment, kindness and motivation.
On the first day of camp UCA Instructors look for cheerleaders who demonstrate those positive values. Ashton Perry was the recipient of this award.
The Spirit Stick was given nightly to the teams with the most spirit and the ability to work together. The team received the Spirit Stick all three nights.
On the final day of camp, the cheerleaders competed for camp champions in the cheer and Xtreme dance routine. They were awarded Camp Champions in both of these categories. By winning the honor of Cheer Camp Champions, the squad received an invitation to a four day trip to Disney World and to perform at the 2016 Citrus Bowl Pre-Game Show in Orlando, Fla.
“If you want a feeling for what cheerleading is really like, go to a cheer camp,” said Coach Stacy Folk. “It will make you or break you. These ladies worked hard each day as a team and encouraged each other. They truly represented MCMS well.”
The team will work to continue on their winning streak when they start their competition season at the end of this month.
The Mid-Carolina Middle School Cheerleaders are coached by Stacy Folk and Jessica Folk.