SHS cheerleading qualifies for nationals |

SHS cheerleading qualifies for nationals

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkThe Summit High School cheerleading squad recently qualified for the National Cheerleading Championships, which take place in Orlando, Fla., in February.

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School cheerleading squad achieved new heights last Saturday when it finished fourth in the small varsity division of the Mile High Regional Cheerleading Championships at Englewood High School.The finish qualified the team for the National Cheerleading Championships which take place in Orlando, Fla., in February.”We jumped up and screamed so loud when we found out we had finished fourth,” said sophomore Alex Guras. “The whole bus ride home, we were screaming ‘We’re going to nationals! We’re going to nationals.’ We called everyone we knew.” According to cheerleading coach Chris Weber, the competition was the largest regional contest in the country this year, attracting more than 1,900 cheerleaders from across Colorado.

The Tigers performed their routine around 5:30 p.m. after spending much of the day watching other squads perform, Weber said. They were competing against 15 other schools in the small varsity division. “They had a six-minute warm-up, and then they got one shot at it,” he said.After a short wait, the event organizers began announcing the final results.”They knew they had to be in the top five to go to nationals,” Weber said. “Their eyes got bigger and bigger and when the fourth place was announced for our squad, they went hogwild. They were all over the place.” The team departs for Florida on Feb. 11, and between now and then they will be working diligently on the fundraising necessary to finance the trip.

Weber estimates that each member of the team will need to raise $1,600 to cover airfare and accommodations for the trip. “We’re considering a community dinner at the high school,” Weber said. “We’re also thinking of fashion shows, bake sales, cookies sales, anything and everything we can.” The team also believes the fundraising will help raise awareness for the cheerleading program, which is only its fifth year at the high school.”I think the fundraising will help us in that it will get us out into the community, and people will see how much we want this,” said senior Michelle Farrell.

When they aren’t fundraising, the Tigers will spend much of the next three months training for the competition. In that time, they will also have a big test when they compete in the state championships at the Denver Coliseum on Dec. 11. For more information on the fundraising efforts, contact Weber at (970) 389-2961. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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