Owen County squad named camp champs

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By The Staff

MBMS has a new squad and is facing new challenges.

This year, the Bowling Middle School has taken 23 girls for their cheerleading squad. After receiving a grant and completing many fund-raisers, they headed to University of Kentucky for a cheer camp led by Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA). At camp, they learned many new cheers, stunts, and dance routines, along with learning how to be good leaders in both the school and community. Each night, they faced evaluations and were fortunate enough to receive a blue ribbon and spirit stick each night.

On the third night of camp, six girls from Owen County tried out for the UCA All-American team. Ashley Smith, daughter of Candi Smith, was awarded the prestige of being on the All-American team.

Junior High and Junior Varsity All Americans will have the opportunity to perform in the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade, Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade or the UCA/UDA Thanksgiving Tour at the Walt Disney World Resort based on the state in which they attend camp.

On the last day of camp, the squad competed for Camp Champ in both the cheer division and the Extreme Routine division.

The squad was awarded Camp Champ in the cheer division, second place in the extreme routine, overall superior squad, and first place in the home dance competition.

Members of this years squad include sixth-graders Tori Cammack, Heather Ezell, Tayler Johnson, Mikayla Sipple, and Savannah Trautwein; seventh-graders Kaylee Boling, Veronica Chisholm, Suzanna Cooke, Cheyene Gaines, Hannah Runion, Courtney Pruitt, Melinda Smith, Kristen Tuttle, and Jessica Wilhoite; and eighth-graders Emily Allen, Desiree Garrison, Kristen Myrga, Kayleigh Shaw, Ashley Smith, Brooklyn Smither, Hannah Strohmeier, Gabby Williams and Sarah Wotier. The coaches are Jenna Gray and Lisa Allen.

The girls begin their season with a competition Aug. 30 in Vevay, Ind., at the Swiss Wine Festival.

The first home MBMS football game is 6 p.m. Sept. 3. The cheerleaders are planning on conducting a camp for primary and elementary girls Sept. 8-10 at the elementary-school gym from 5:30-7 p.m. each night. Cost for camp is $25 and includes a shirt and a chance to cheer with the squad at the home game Sept. 15.

For more information contact Jenna Gray at 514-1379. Information papers will be sent home through school.