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WRHS cheerleaders are (front, from left): Calia Ervin, Sierra Corona, Morgan Smith, Lane Robertson; (back) Madison Lillard, Jayden Moody, Makayla Durham, Emily Highfield and Erica Bass.

WR cheer squads excel at camp

Cheerleaders from the Walnut Ridge senior and junior high squads recently attended a NCA Summer Cheerleading Camp. The camp was held at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, June 7-10, with over 500 cheerleaders from Arkansas and surrounding states attending.

The National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) is a division of the National Spirit Group (NSG). The National Spirit Group, founded in 1948 by L.R. Herkimer, hosts camps, championships and events for over 180,000 cheerleaders each year.

As part of the four-day camp curriculum, the National Cheerleaders Association selects award winners at each of the over 1,200 camps it administers around the world each summer. There are awards given for individual as well as team accomplishments.

The members of the senior high squad received several camp awards, including the Herkie Team Award that is presented to one team for displaying excellent leadership, values, teamwork and sportsmanship and is voted on by other squads at camp.

Both squads combined for the overall performance competition called, "The Jam" and received the Technical Excellence Award for showmanship and two blue ribbons. They also received three spirit sticks for exceptional school spirit and received a bid to cheer at the High School National Championships.

NCA also recognized several cheerleaders as All-American nominees. These are outstanding individuals who display strength in cheer motions and technique, leadership ability and/or overall good attitude at camp. These individuals are eligible to perform at various NCA Special Events such as marching in the Christmas Parade at Disney World this December. Those chosen as All-American nominees for senior high are: Morgan Smith, captain and a junior; Emily Highfield, co-captain and a junior; Lane Robertson, co-captain and a junior; Caylia Ervin and Erica Bass, both seniors, and Sierra Corona, a junior.

Mary Smith coaches the senior high squad, and the junior high squad is coached by Natalie Wallin, who completed the NCA Coaches Credentialing Program while at camp.

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