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TYLER, TX - Moore MST Middle School cheerleaders made history by winning two National Championship Titles at the National Cheerleader Association (NCA) Championships in Dallas on December 28th & 29th. The squad placed first overall in the Large Middle School Performance Division and first overall in the new Middle School Game Time Division.
After the preliminary competition for the Performance Division on the 28th, Moore came out four points ahead of their closest rivals. Even though they were feeling confident going into finals, the team knew they would have to bring on a performance of a lifetime. While the preliminary score only carries 20% of the overall score, 80% comes from what they earn in the final round of competition. When all was said and done, Moore scored a 76.33 out of a perfect 80. Pulling six points ahead of the second place team from Oklahoma, Moore secured their spot as National Champions.
The Game Time Division is a new concept for NCA. Teams compete with their School Fight Song, a Time Out Dance, and a Sideline Cheer. Moore placed first in Fight Song, first in Time Out Dance, and fourth in Sideline Cheer. Scores from the three categories are averaged together to find the Game Time Grand Champion.
"Game Time was a tight battle," said Moore's cheer coach, Lana Cain. "Not only were there tons of schools to compete against, but two of them were former NCA National Champions!"
Cain says the squad sat in silent prayer as the announcer worked his way from eighth place up to first. "Finally he announced A.E. Phillips Middle School from Louisiana as third place, and Jenks Middle School from Oklahoma as second place. From there, we knew we had it."
The team was then showered with streamers and confetti as they accepted their five foot trophies, banners, and NCA letter jackets. Their winning routines will be featured on ESPN2 when the show airs mid-February.
The Moore cheerleaders were also singled out to be interviewed by the Varsity.com television camera crew about their service project, "Cheer for a Cure." In October, the squad raised money for the local Susan G. Komen for a Cure Foundation by selling spirit items and hosting a "Pink Day" at their school. Moore is the first middle school in NCA history to be selected for a feature interview.
"Our cheerleaders are the total package, "Cain says. "They are talented. Their school spirit rivals many high schools. Their giving hearts are apparent through their multiple community service projects. And they are honor roll students. I couldn't ask for better leaders!"
The national title isn't the first big award for the 2009-2010 Moore Team. On December 13th they won the NCA State Grand Championship, and on November 1st they won the Texas Cheerleader Magazine State Championship. They also made clean sweeps in both the NCA summer camp at Tyler Junior College and the Universal Cheerleader Association camp at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mrs. Cain, in her seventh year as Moore's cheerleading coach, has also been nominated for NCA's Texas Cheer Coach of the Year. The results will be announced in the spring.
Team Photo: Seated L to R: Miranda Arvizo, Laura Brown, Anna Lee, and Autumn Fleet; Standing L to R: Madison Powell – co-captain, Emily Hawk, Annie Mercer, Olivia Price – co-captain, Lauren Lewis, Nicole Robertson, Olivia Johnson, Claude Lane – principal, Carrie Halbrooks, Caitlin Holliday, Krista Painter – lieutenant, Kaleigh Smith – lieutenant, Paige White, Rebecca Valentine, Autumn Arvizo, Jamie Apoderado, Caitlin Denman, Mallori Dike, DaJah Thompson – captain, Sydney Jenkins, Lana Cain – coach, Deja Terry, and Jamesha Hutton.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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