Cheer/Stunt Achieve UCA National Goal
Story by: Courtney Roszak
Facing adversity and not having the support a team needs is something the Cheer and Stunt team is used to on a weekly basis.
Proving their non-believers wrong is what the team accomplishes on a daily basis.
On Dec. 1, the South High varsity cheer and stunt team traveled to Milwaukee to qualify for the UCA Nationals held in Florida.
The team achieved their goal, receiving first place in the super varsity co-ed division.
The success gives them the opportunity to advance to Florida on February 9, for the largest UCA Nationals in the country.
“This year it’s a bigger competition; it’s the best of the best,” said varsity coach Ben Roelse.
The team had to overcome big obstacles to reach their dreams and compete in Florida.
They had only one month to learn a competition ready routine, compared to the usual two months they have had in past years.
There were injuries that caused Roelse to rework the routine, including a concussion to junior MaKayla Buckley, putting her out for the entire season. Despite all of the bumps in the road, the team kept the goal of Florida in mind and pulled through for a win.
“Knowing I’ll be able to support my team means a lot to me. I know this opportunity means the world to them,” commented Buckley.
The cheer team has been working their way up the nationals ladder for the past few years. Since 2009, the varsity team has traveled to different nationals throughout the country, reaching success. Roelse finally decided to take the leap of faith and make the attempt for the UCA Nationals in Florida. The team now is spending their final weeks working all the kinks out of their routine.
“We’re making it more difficult for the competition, we mark through our routine and then when we have the routine down, we throw it,” commented senior Alyssa Devoe.