Varsity Competition Cheerleading: The Road to State

   Most fall sports are over… but do not forget about Varsity Competition Cheer! The squad will be competing at the State competition Saturday, November 14. The future of the Walker Varsity cheerleaders was questionable after last season when, due to many injuries, the team was not able to compete. However, this year the girls started practicing in June to compete at sectionals on November 7.

   The squad competed in three competitions in preparation for sectionals at Columbus University in Columbus, Georgia. Having won their second competition at Woodstock High School on October 24 and scoring 160 points, the thirteen girls knew if they worked hard enough and pushed themselves, they would have a chance to qualify for the state competition.  However, having lost twice to North Cobb Christian, the girls knew that they would have to increase their execution points when competing against the top schools in the Georgia A1 division to qualify for state. Senior Captain Quincy Wiles said the team is “very dedicated and has worked hard for the chance to place in the top eight.”

   At sectionals, the team scored 112 points, qualifying for the state competition on Saturday, November 15 at the Columbus Civic Center. Highlights from sectionals included senior Erin Green throwing her tuck for the first time, freshman Ala Shaw hitting her entire opening stunt, and the team as a whole earning their highest score of the season in the dance category. Coming up this weekend at State, the girls hope to hit their entire pyramid and, once again, increase their all around execution score.

   All high school grade levels are represented on the Varsity Competition Cheer Squad. Ala Shaw, Lauren Moore, Ashlyn Spencer, and Alex Brown came up from middle school having never competed before. In fact, Shaw and Moore had never even cheered prior to this year. Sophomore Julia DeVane also joined the team rounded out by the return of seniors Erin Green, Anna Ingram, Anne Gregoire, and Quincy Wiles, juniors Maysen Moorehead and Ally Chebuhar, and sophomores Morgan McLean and Ansley Carr.