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Peninsula High cheer team racks up honors at NCA camp

Peninsula High School's All-American cheer nominees at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Peninsula High School's All-American cheer nominees at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Courtesy

The Peninsula High School cheer squad returned from the National Cheerleaders Association camp at Western Washington University in Bellingham with several awards and honors.

While at camp, both the JV and varsity squads learned new cheers, chants, dances and stunts that they will use on the sidelines the coming year. Camp also gave cheerleaders the opportunity to bond as a team and learn more about each other. While at camp, several Peninsula cheerleaders stood out to the instructional staff for their leadership, as well as their cheer skills.

Among them is the Leadership Award recipient, Caroleann Tiedeman. Tiedeman is currently one of the four captains on the varsity team. During the captains classes at camp, the instructor felt that Tiedeman was an outstanding leader within the group and with her team.

Both JV and varsity walked away from camp with a bid to the NCA Nationals in Dallas in January. Peninsula JV, a group of young and talented cheerleaders, also won the Champion Chant trophy. The Champion Chant competition allows each team to walk on perform a chant learned at camp as taught and walk off.

Varsity was entered into the Game Day Top Team competition, and again the team took a cheer learned at camp and added stunts, tumbling and signs to lead the crowd. Varsity took home the title of Game Day Top Team.

Along with these team awards, several of Peninsula Cheer athletes were honored with All-American Nominees. All-American nominations are chosen by the NCA staff displaying superior cheerleading techniques in any of the following areas: jumps, tumbling, stunting, motion technique, leadership and dance.

On the last night of camp all those nominated tried out in front of the camp, performing three consecutive jumps, a spirited entrance and the camp cheer. Peninsula had nine team members nominated.

Peninsula cheer nominees were: Emmalee McKenzie, Olivia Dantche, Saidey Wood, Caroleann Tiedeman, Lauren Peters, Tiffany Howe, Kaspen Kuehner, Kelly Shirley and Jackie Scaduto.

The All-American award is based on a standard score sheet and is not a competition between individuals. And three members made that score were Peters, Howe and Shirley.

Shirley also took home the top All-American award for Peninsula.

Both JV and varsity also took home a Spirit Stick. Spirit Sticks are presented to the teams showing the most sincere spirit and enthusiasm for each day at camp.