Argyle Cheerleaders Win 9th in Nationals as “Cinderella” Team
In its first trip to Nationals, Liberty Christian cheerleaders hoped to simply make it through the first round of competition, never dreaming that their squad would make it to finals.
However, that is exactly what happened, as the girls were named 9th in the nation.
“This feat is a huge accomplishment for our girls,” said Coach Stephanie Jones. “Many teams in our division have competed at Nationals for 25 plus years.”
As the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country, the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) on Feb. 6–7 was held at Walt Disney World and will be televised to more than 100 million homes and 32 countries on ESPN and ESPN2 on March 26 and April 4. More than 675 teams and 13,000 athletes from 31 states competed at this championship.
Liberty Christian cheerleaders were the only rookie team in their division to make it to finals.
Sophomore cheerleader Reagan Stevens said, “You haven’t felt excitement until you’ve walked on the mat at UCA Nationals being filmed for ESPN.”
The girls even made a positive impression on the plane ride to Orlando. A father traveling by himself with his 4-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son had reservations about traveling alone with his children to meet his wife in Orlando, who was already there on business. He emailed Liberty with the subject line of “Great Representation,” sharing that the cheerleaders provided for his children lots of smiles and help during the flight, with his daughter speaking later of her new friends she met on the plane. His family and Liberty’s cheerleaders were also on the same flight coming back to Texas.
The father said, “The cheerleaders even remembered my children’s names, which made my daughter feel really special.” He added in his email, “Thanks again to your entire team for really representing your school well – not just in the competition but in a day-to-day experience as well.”
Coach Jones said, “I am so proud of our girls in so many ways. They work hard from July to March and do exactly what we ask of them the entire season.
“Winning back-to-back state titles this year and finishing in 9th in the nation are amazing achievements.
“I am most proud of them for overcoming adversity and coming together as a family – God is so good!”
Fox News clip where Liberty Christian was highlighted.
Clip from Nationals: Remembering the Magic – 2016 UCA High School Nationals – YouTube
Vivian Nichols is communication specialist for Liberty Christian School.
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