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Luverne cheerleaders bring home UCA awards

The Luverne High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders recently travelled to Troy University to participate and compete in the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp.

The Luverne High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders recently travelled to Troy University to participate and compete in the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp.

By Shayla Terry:

The Luverne High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads faired well at Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Camp hosted at Troy University. Both squads received numerous awards and recognition.

“The camp was phenomenal,” coach Beverly Sport said.

“The girls learned lots of information and techniques that will carry us into our cheer season.”

The varsity girls received a gold ribbon of excellence for extreme routine evaluations and cheer evaluations. They won third place in sideline and cheer on the final day.

The junior varsity squad received a blue ribbon for extreme routine evaluations and a gold ribbon of excellence for cheer. On the final day of camp, they won first in extreme routine, second in sideline and first in cheer.

Both squads were awarded the UCA Traditions Award, which is voted on by UCA staff. It is awarded to the team who displays the best work ethic and overall attitude over the duration of camp.

The Luverne Cheer Program had six varsity members and four junior varsity members selected as All American Cheerleaders. In order to become an All American, one must perform the extreme routine, camp cheer and jump of choice. Cheerleaders must receive a minimum score of 12 out of 15 points.

The varsity All Americans are: senior Alexia Jones and sophomores Callie Armstrong, Abbi English, Hollan Helms, Emily Grace Turner and Natalie Weaver.

The junior varsity All Americans are: freshmen Aaliyah Harris, Riley Marchand, Jamilyn Wright and eighth grader Kelsey Morgan.

Ashley Stephens, Callie Armstrong and Shelby Malone were recipients of the “Pin It Forward” award. The award is given to cheerleaders that exemplify and encourage the values of cheer — leadership, spirit, kindness, commitment and motivation.

Coaches Sport and Avington Mederios say they are extremely proud of their teams.