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Make No Mistake, We're Here to Win!

Bottom Row: Cara Hoefl, Logan Leclair, Brittany Mikes, Kelsey Tackeberry, Alyssa Shank, Kendyl Holton. Middle Row: Savannah Stokes, Lauren Pritchard, Morgan Morris, Rachael Massardo, Sydney Rush. Back Row: Lyndsey Meech, Lindsay Hartman, Veronica Fleck, Kabrel Pavelich, Coach Winchester, Macaela Leclair, Brianna Wolfe, Kimberely Simpson.

The Warrior Varsity cheerleading squad has set new records for Weddington High School throughout their 2009-2010 season, winning the annual State Championship in Raleigh for the first time and continuing on to appear at their first ever National Championship. The eighteen squad members, led by Coach Shannon Winchester and Assistant Coach Randi Finnegan, started preparing for their season in late July. They spent the last month of their summer working with the UNC-Charlotte Head Cheerleading Coach, Adam Thomas, in an intensive stunt camp, as well as well-known choreographer Hannah Correll to prepare for their competition season.

The team successfully kicked off their season by achieving first place in a competition at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. In November, the girls moved on to compete in the NCHSAA State Competition in Raleigh, NC. The girls placed first in one of the hardest divisions, marking them State Champions and winning them a bid to Nationals at CANAM in Myrtle Beach, SC. Nationals were to be held in March 2010, a month past the regular cheerleading season. In addition to the state championship, the squad performed in three more competitions, including the Winter Holiday Classic, in which they placed first, CheerSport Regionals where they placed second, and the Spirit of Hope National Competition where they placed third. The Spirit of Hope Competition is held annually in honor of former Weddington cheerleader Hope Stout to raise money for the Make–a–Wish Foundation. Due to their success competitively, the girls made a team decision to accept the bid to Nationals and extend their season an extra month in order to take their routine to Myrtle Beach. The NCHSAA State Competition was usually the high point of the cheerleading season and marked the transition from football to basketball. By accepting the bid to Nationals in March, the team took on a new challenge to keep up the routine beyond the regular season.

On top of football, basketball, and competitive cheerleading, the team participated in several community service events throughout the year. In October, the JV and Varsity Cheerleading squads provided bottled water and inspirational cheers for the participants of the Susan G. Komen walk for breast cancer in downtown Charlotte. In December, the JV and Varsity Cheerleaders donated coats and worked the Union County Coat Drive, along with an Angel Tree Project at Carolina Place Mall. In addition to the community service efforts of the teams, they also fundraised during the season to compete, pay for choreography, music, and any additional items needed.

The National Competition at CANAM finally arrived the weekend of March 19-21 and the squad made a clear name for Weddington High School. They were ranked in first place after the first day of performances, going up against teams all the way from New York, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. After performing the second day, the girls were named first-runner up over-all. This has been the most accomplished cheerleading season in the history of Weddington High School.

Written by: Veronica Fleck, student
Posted: Mar 29, 2010 by Cheryl Edwards

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