POP QUIZ! Can you name the high school that fields an athletic program that has won multiple national championships, had a plethora of competitors earn All-American honors, and even has placed highly in WORLD competition? For a hint, the name of the school begins with the letter Q. Need more? It is in Jackson Parish.
The correct answer is Quitman High School.
For anyone who has resided in the Piney Woods over the past decade, the “test” surely was as simple as asking someone to spell their name. The Quitman High School Cheerleading squad has won so many state, regional, national, and even world competitions that it is hard to keep track of. Almost as impossible as trying to name all the young ladies who have earned All-American status.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT! Provide a year-by-year list of achievements by the Cheerleading squad, including names of the girls who were named All-American.
You will receive extra credit!
Under the tutelage of Cheer Sponsor, Elizabeth Womack, and Cheer Coach, Jordyn Wallis, 31 varsity and junior high cheerleaders took part in the annual UCA Cheer Camp held on the campus of ULM in Monroe this past week. QHS continued their incredible legacy of a sustained consistency of excellence with both squads coming home with multiple first-place honors as well as winning the Top Banana Spirit Award.
Even more impressive was that six girls earned All-American designation. Representing the varsity QHS squad were Ellie Burris, Maddie Grace Giddens, Ava Rogers, and Madison Patton, while Emma Kate Toms and Mollie Burris was chosen in the Junior High division.
Ellie Burris and Amelia Staggs also won the prestigious “Pin it Forward” Award given by the UCA staff to the competitor who best exemplifies what it is to be a cheerleader through their spirit, attitude, and willingness to help others. Winners of this award receive two pins, one for them and one to be given to another cheerleader who they think is deserving. Mollie Burris and Annalise Bougues also received the “Pin it Forward” Award that was given by another cheerleader.
The Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) was founded in 1974 to provide the highest quality educational training for cheerleaders to incorporate high-level skills with traditional crowd lead. Today it is the largest cheerleading camp company in the world and hosts regional and national championship competitions.
UCA Camp Varsity Team Awards
First Place – Cheer
First Place – Camp Routine
First Place – Overall Game Day
Gold Ribbon – Game Day Evaluation
Blue Ribbon – Camp Routine Evaluation
Varsity Individual Awards
All-American: Ellie Burris, Maddie Grace Giddens, Ava Rogers, Madison Patton
Pin It Forward: Ellie Burris
Varsity Team Members
Ellie Burris, Maddie Grace Giddens, Emma Hardwick, Mackenzie Lamkin, Madison Patton, Ava Rogers, Baylee Caskey, Katy Cumpton, Kimberlea North, Taylor Williams, Kaney Wyatt, Taylor Borland, Cadence Pennington, Amber Spangler, Ashlyn Wyatt
Junior High Team Awards
First place – Sideline
First place – Overall Game Day
Gold Ribbon – Camp Routine Evaluation
Second place – Cheer
Second place – Camp Routine
Junior High Individual Awards
All-American: Mollie Burris, Emma Kate Toms
Jump off Princess: London Burks
Pin It Forward: Amelia Staggs
Pin it forward (by another cheerleader): Mollie Burris, Annalise Bougues
Junior High Team Members
Hallay Taylor, Emma Kate Toms, Jillian McFearin, Klea Blalock, Mollie Burris, Annalise Bougues, London Burks, Shyla Giddens, Christen Gray, Addyson Kees, Kymori Patterson, Chloe Lee, Emma Thomas, Kylee Dearman, Faith Burns, Amelia Staggs
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