The McPherson High School varsity cheer squad, under the direction of head coach Megan Klassen, earned multiple top honors at the UCA Cheer Camp June 10-13 at Bethany College in Lindsborg.
The Bullpups competed against 12 other squads throughout the week in cheer, dance, overall school spirit and leadership.
It was obvious that the girls had a presence there, as the very first night, McPherson was recognized by the UCA staff for showing the most spirit and enthusiasm during the day.
Incoming freshman Priscilla Martinez was given the “Pin it Forward” award by a UCA staff member for showing leadership and enthusiasm. The following night, she passed along her award to a cheerleader from another cheer squad who she felt showed the same leadership skills and enthusiasm.
Senior Jacee Weinbrenner and incoming freshman Keyana Wilson were named UCA All-American cheerleaders after competing in a tough individual tryout. This qualifies them to participate in national and international UCA events such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston and the New Year’s Eve Parade in London, England.
McPherson received a superior blue ribbon for their “Extreme Routine” dance performance and second place trophies for their game time cheer as well as their home routine they performed on the first night of camp.
They also received a first place trophy in their game time sideline cheer and a “Superior Improvement” trophy.
The Bullpup cheerleaders wrapped up the final awards ceremony by receiving two of the camps most prestigious awards.
The first one was the “Traditions” award that is given to the squad who shows great school spirit and pride throughout the week.
The second, and often the most special award, is the “Leadership” award. This award is voted upon by the teams at camp and is given to the squad that made the camp experience special; if they could choose any team to be apart of besides their own, McPherson was the squad that they chose.
The cheerleaders, as well as Klassen, felt extremely honored and proud to represent the school and community in such a positive way.