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C-CISD Cheerleaders recognized for excellence at NCA Camp


From June 12 through 15, Corrigan-Camden's varsity cheerleading or "spirit" squads traveled to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville to attend the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) camp. The 2017-2018 C-CHS varsity cheerleading squad includes Madison Knight, junior; Dorothy Popham, junior; Katelynn Chunn, sophomore; Lindsey Damian, sophomore; Samantha Garcia, sophomore; Lizet Soto, sophomore; Kaylee Conarroe, freshman; Aundrea Cuevas, freshman; Nevaeh Freeman, freshman; Micah Hughes, freshman; Alaina Lawson, freshman; Blessing Menifee, freshman; Essence Sanders, freshman; and Jasa Williams, freshman. This year's mascot is C-CHS freshman, Jackson Kilgore This year's cheer sponsors are C-CISD teachers Tammy Farr and Laci Murphy. Mrs. Murphy accompanied the varsity squad at camp this summer. As well, the C-C Junior High squad attended a "home camp" wherein NCA instructors came to the school campus instructed students. The 2017-2018 C-C Junior High squad members are Carolina Caballero, seventh; Nova Grantham, seventh; Nikki Mochman, seventh; Karlie Sanders, seventh; and Whitney Vera, seventh. Carrie Burris, seventh, is this year's mascot. According to Mrs. Farr, "The junior high attended a home camp but learned similar material, cheer, dance, stunts." Mrs. Farr also noted that the varsity squad received several individual and team awards. These include the Stunt S.A.F.E. award, National Championship Bid, Technical Excellence for crowd involvement, and the Herkie Team Award for the whole camp which is awarded fort the most spirited/encouraging team by other campers. As well, Mrs. Farr related that the squad received "daily spirit stick winners, camp spirit stick, and superior ribbons for final day evaluations." "All girls on the squad were nominated for All- American. Katelyn Chunn received All American. Jackson Kilgore received Mascot Prop Award," said Mrs. Farr. For over sixty years, the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) has held cheerleading camps. Founded in 1948 by Lawrence Herkimer, the first camp was located in Huntsville, Texas. Today, the organization is headquartered out of Garland, Texas. According to the NCA website, Herkimer began the camp initially to include "speech lessons to improve delivery, and English classes which focused on the use of rhyme as a basis for creating cheers." However, the NCA has extended its development of young women and men by doing their part in "building character, promoting leadership and instilling discipline in teenagers and young adults from coast to coast and abroad." The site offers the following data: 82% of today's cheerleaders and dance team members maintain a B or higher average; 86% participate in a second sport; 82% are accepted into colleges; and 68% hold another leadership role at their school." For further information about NCA and cheerleading, visit https://nca.varsity.com.


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