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Cheerleaders win big at camp

After recently attending two cheerleading camps, the Unicoi County High School varsity cheerleaders brought home several trophies .
According to UCHS cheer coach Debbie Bennett, the girls on the squad performed well and positively represented Unicoi County.
“As a returning veteran cheer coach, I am extremely proud of the hard work and the effort the varsity cheerleaders have made this summer,” Bennett said. 
In mid June, varsity cheerleaders headed to the National Cheerleaders Association camp in Gatlinburg, where the girls competed against squads from all over Tennessee and Kentucky.
“They brought home more trophies and awards than any other squad,” Bennett said.
UCHS cheerleaders were awarded the spirit stick each night in closing evaluations. In addition, they received the spirit stick for overal evaluations on the final day of camp. The ladies also received the final spirit award megaphone, the overall superior squad trophy, the Herkie Team Award for Superior Stunting, the Superior Leadership Award, the Superior Final Evaluation Cheer, the Superior Final Evaluation Chant, the Superior Game Day Chant, the Superior Game Day Cheer, the Superior Dance Originality Award, t he Superior Performance Ribbon and the Excellent Red Ribbon Stunt Routine.
The entire squad also received pins from St. Jude’s Research Hospital after writing fundraising letters.
Kiana Watson tried out and was selected as a member of the All-American NCA squad. She is now eligible to compete in London, England.
“We are extremely proud of her,” Bennett said. “Due to the large number of Superior Awards (the squad) received, we are now eligible to compete in the Macy’s Day Parade, and we won a bid to the Senior-Junior National Championships for the 2011-2012 school year.”
After five days of rest, Bennett and the squad then traveled to the University of Tennessee KNoxville campus for a second camp hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association.
“This camp was even more challenging due to a great deal of injuries, a tornado, no electricity for a night and the amount of squads competing,” Bennett explained. “We received the Spirit Stick each night and came home with the Final Evaluation Spirit Stick. We also received the coveted ‘Banana’ that only eight squads had the honor of receiving during the entire camp. During Final Evaluations, we received the Superior Squad Trophy and the Superior Varsity Routine Trophy.”
Squad Captain Haley Jeno, along with Hannah Carufel, co-capain, and Watson, received the pin-it award–an award given to cheerleaders who display kindness, friendliness and overall great character.
Alexa Parsley tried out and made the All-American UCA squad for the second year in a row.
“All of the long days and nights of fundraising finally paid off,” Bennett said. “The UCHS varsity squad represented Unicoi County extremely well. Thanks again to all of the parents, businesses and supporters of the cheerleaders. Without you, none of this would have been possible.
We  have cried and suffered through a lot of complex routines with injuries, walked miles a day in the pouring rain, agreed to disagree–and still we have come out on the other side, stronger, more bonded, more trusting and certainly more well skilled.