Cheerleaders from Zachary High School’s competition team and the 2015-16 Northwestern Middle School cheerleading squad have several reasons to scream, shout and jump about — the cheerleaders performed exceedingly well at a recent cheer camp they attended.
The Universal Cheer Association’s competition cheer camp was held June 16-19 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
During the camp, the squads supported each other during team contests and evaluations, competition cheer coach Shannon Milazzo said.
“It was great to see the high school cheerleaders working with the middle school girls and setting the tone for the type of program we want to build in Zachary,” Milazzo said.
The Northwestern Middle squads, which were divided into two teams, won numerous awards while attending the camp.
NMS Red was named overall game day champions and won first place in the categories of sideline cheer and extreme routine. The team also finished in second place in cheer.
The NMS Blue team won second place in sideline cheer as well as most improved junior high.
Additionally, nine middle school girls participated in the All-American competition, a contest that requires cheerleaders to perform the extreme routine, cheer and a jump, Milazzo explained.
Of the nine, five cheerleaders were awarded the All-American honor: Gabby Brennerman, Camille Cranford, Claire Milazzo, Logan Walker and Kelsey White. The girls will have the opportunity to travel to Walt Disney World to perform in a Thanksgiving Day parade.
The ZHS competition cheer squad, which does not include all the cheerleaders for the 2015-16 season, won several awards at camp as well, including second place extreme routine, third place overall game day and fourth in cheer.
Seven girls competed in the All-American competition with five receiving the honor: seniors Ryleigh Carr, Caitlin Halphen and Kayla Davis, and juniors Logan Guilbeau and Karli Hall.
The five will have a chance to be part of the 2015-16 Varsity Spirit Cheer Tour in London, sponsored by the Universal Cheer Academy and National Cheer Academy, and participate as All-American cheerleaders in the London New Year’s Day parade.
The girls will get to tour Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Tower, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, the city of Windsor and go on a special cruise along the River Thames.
Milazzo said she and the squads expect a great season.