After not placing last year at the CHL Cheer Competition, the Deer Park varsity cheer squad is determined to redeem themselves by winning the first place trophy at this year’s competition.
“In order to get a higher score, we need to get the crowd involved with our chants,” varsity cheerleader Destiney Carmichael said. “We are hoping our football team comes and support us because we cheered at every single one of their games, even in the freezing cold and rainy nights.”
The event-packed day starts off with a routine that has cheers, chants, and a dance portion. It then goes to the jump off. After that is the tumble off. The best jumpers and tumblers are awarded with different sized trophies. Lastly, the award ceremony takes place. First, second, and third place trophies are given to the different junior high, junior varsity, and varsity squads.
“I really hope we get first place this year. It felt like all of that hard work went down the drain last year because we did not place at all,” varsity cheerleader Abby Abrams said. “I got really sad after not being called up for a trophy, but it only motivated me to work twice as hard as I did last year for this competition.”
Preparing for the competition takes a lot of time, effort, work, and practice from all of the cheerleaders.
“We started our routine dance in the beginning of October,” Abrams said. “[Practicing the dance] takes up a lot of my time, but I know it will all be worth it in the end. Within all of the practices leading up to the competition, we have been learning new parts, different formations, and cleaning to make sure we look the best we can.”
Finneytown High School will be the school that will host this year’s event on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Varsity cheer starts at noon and the junior varsity and the junior high squads will follow afterwards.
There is also an early performance for friends and family on Friday, November 11, 2016, for those who cannot make it on Saturday, or for those who are wanting to see it all beforehand.