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Five of Chrisman-Scottland’s Junior High Cheerleaders have been selected as All-American.
On the last day of their cheer camp, any of the cheerleaders that wanted to were able to try out for UCA All-American. “Becoming UCA All-American means cheerleaders demonstrated the appropriate skills they learned with zest, controlled motions, smiling facial expressions, and well formed jumps,” Assistant Coach Brittaney Ford told us. “The cheerleaders were judged on the dance routine, one cheer routine they learned and a jump of choice.”
Girls are selected by a UCA instructor at their UCA cheer camp after a tryout process. Selected All-Americans get the opportunity to participate in Varsity special events where they will be recognized as elite cheerleaders.
All-Americans represent the top twelve percent of junior high cheerleaders in the nation. Those selected are presented with a medal and are invited to perform at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade. The 102nd Annual Thanksgiving Day parade will take place on November 24, 2022.
The Lady Eagles Cheerleaders who were selected are Addison Miller, Remington Laughead, Gracie Cash, Kenzley Stiff and Ava Miller.
“The UCA Cheer Camp exceeded my expectations. We had an amazing instructor that bonded with our squad from day one. In three days, the girls were taught new cheers, jumps, the proper way to do a stretch, a team dance and how to do stunts,” Ford said. “All of the girls made memories that will last a lifetime. It was pretty amazing watching them all bond and improve their cheer skills.”
When she’s not at her job as an HR Director at FedEx, Brittaney helps head coach Kayla Miller with fundraising, parades and making bows for the cheerleaders. The pair have been friends for years and their daughters (Remington Laughead and Addison Miller) are around the same age. “She and I work really well together. So when she asked me if I wanted to coach with her this season, it was a no brainer.”
The pride Ford has for her community was another reason she took the position. “I felt that this is a great way to stay involved and make a difference. By coaching, I get the chance to encourage local athletes to be the best they can be,” she said. “Also making memories with my children is very important. Coaching cheer lets me spend more time with my daughter.”
Not a cheerleader herself in school, Ford did spend a lot of years in both the Chrisman Junior High and Chrisman High School gym watching her younger sisters Shay Yates and Elora (Thomas) Brinkley cheer. “That’s when my daughter Addi first decided she wanted to be a cheerleader,” Brittaney said.
The cheerleaders will have their chance to show you their new routine and stunts in the fall when they take the court at the first Junior High Boys Basketball game.
“I am looking forward to coaching beside (head coach) Kayla Miller, while bringing high energy, a positive attitude and support to help this great group of cheerleaders accomplish their goals.”