Charlize Ucciferri – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS cheerleading program took home three gold awards and a silver at the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) camp held at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, Aug. 1 – 4.
UCA hosts cheerleading camps nationwide to help middle school and high school teams progress and gain new skills.
At the camps cheerleaders learn and perfect the basics of cheerleading.
LRHS teacher’s aide and head cheer coach Sherri Haber stated, “My goal as a coach at UCA camp was to prepare the junior varsity and varsity teams for our competition season coming up. The teams and I want to bring a challenging routine that will be easy for them to perform but that will also score well.”
While at camp, six junior varsity and five varsity cheerleaders were selected to try out to be an “All-American” cheerleader.
This award is given to those who display superior technical skills, leadership, and strong personal values. The LRHS cheerleaders who received this are –
- Bridget Coppens – Junior Varsity
- Josie Epps – Varsity
- Kennedy Griswold – Junior Varsity
- Rian Hanson – Varsity
- Hayley Pollard – Varsity
- Audra Rappold – Varsity
- Mia Twyford – Junior varsity
- Alyssa Ucciferri – Varsity
- Chloe Wetherington – Junior Varsity
On the last day of camp, the teams were given the chance to compete and perform their two routines for the entire camp, friends, and family. The two routines are called a game day routine and a camp routine.
Varsity cheerleading captain senior Taylor Folkers said, “In the game day routine, teams perform a band chant, a sideline, and a cheer. However, in the camp routine, teams perform a dance and a pyramid stunt.”
The junior varsity team placed first for both their game day and camp routine. The varsity team placed second for their game day routine and first place for their camp routine.