By Kendall Patterson
With summer camps back in session, Chester County High School Cheerleaders were able to go back to cheer camp to compete against other cheer squads.
They returned to their annual cheer camp June 5-8, which was hosted by the Universal Cheerleading Association at The University of Tennessee at Martin.
The atmosphere and experience at cheer camp is important and cannot be replaced according to Diane Stewart, CCHS Basketball Cheer Coach.
“Going to cheer camp is such an important part of our year. It’s our chance as coaches to see what our kids are made of. It’s their chance as a squad to bond and to get to know each other better, especially the new girls,” she said. “We missed this experience so much last year, and I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to return this summer.”
During the camp, the girls definitely showed what they were made of. The off-year due to COVID-19 did not set back their pep and skills, because they came back with fire to bring back multiple cheer awards to Chester County.
They earned all Blue Ribbon evaluations each day, in addition to winning the following awards in the Large Varsity Division during the final day’s competition: First Place in Cheer, First Place in Camp Routine, Second Place in Overall Game Day, Third Place in Sideline Cheer and lastly, the Leadership Award.
CCHS Football Cheer Coach Starla Teague mentioned how the Leadership Award is voted on by all the other cheer teams at camp, which makes it a tremendous honor.
Additionally, a few cheerleaders won individual awards.
Senior cheerleaders Emmy Melton, Presleigh Hatch and Tatum Readhimer competed against girls from all other area cheer teams in the annual UCA All-American Tryout and were named to the UCA All-American Team. That honor gives them the opportunity to travel and perform with hundreds of All-American cheerleaders from all over the country in several major spirit/holiday events over the next year.
Emmy Melton was also awarded the Pin it Forward Award from the UCA staff. Pins are given to a select number of cheerleaders each day in recognition of their outstanding sportsmanship.
That being said, Stewart and CCHS Football Coach Starla Teague was so proud of how the cheerleaders represented Chester County.
“I’m so proud of this group and the excellent way they represented Chester County,” Stewart said.
“I am so proud of how well our girls represented Chester County this past week,” Teague said. “It was so good to be back at camp this year, and I feel that our girls demonstrated their gratitude for this opportunity through the teamwork and showmanship they displayed. More than ever, we feel so blessed to all be back together doing what we love.”