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LOHS and Lakeridge pocket stacks of awards at July cheer event

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools' cheer teams tumbled their way to tons of honors at a recent competition at the University of Oregon.Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools’ cheerleading teams scored scads of accolades during the National Cheerleaders Association’s Get Shocked Camp from Aug. 5-8 at the University of Oregon.

During the event, the Pacers and the Lakers received invitations to compete in the NCA’s Senior and Junior High School National Championship, to be held Jan. 21-22, 2017, in Dallas.

“This was the first time (Lakeridge) and LOHS attended the same summer camp, and it was a wonderful experience,” says LOHS head cheer coach Terrie Sheik. “Seeing how hard the teams worked and cheered each other on was great to see.”

Lakeridge High earned third place in the Large Varsity Team Performance and the “coveted” NCA Herkie Team Award, says Lakeridge head coach Christine Cooper. 

“This award is named after the founder of NCA and is awarded to the squads who exemplify the qualities upon which NCA was founded,” she explains. “These qualities are leadership, values, teamwork and sportsmanship. This award is chosen by the NCA staff and is a great honor. Lakeridge has never received this award before.”

LOHS walked away with third place in Small/Medium Varsity Team Performance. Both teams also were honored with a Spirit Stick, and LOHS received a certificate for a Stunt S.A.F.E. Award.

“These certificates are presented for displaying excellent skills in spotting and stunt technique,” Sheik says.

One Pacer, senior Alex Harris, earned a place on the All-American Team. Several other Lakeridge students were nominated for the team: seniors Audrey Olsen, Caitlyn Gitelson, Joiya Dusi and Peyton Miller; junior Jessica McIver; and sophomores Bianca Keo-Williams, Candice Olsen, Emy Morton and Mei Ito.

Several Lakers also received All-American nominations: seniors Sophie Bauer, Morgan Grindy and Johanna Selover-Stephan; and juniors Aly Johnston, Lottie Bauer and Charlotte Ye.

Pacers Dusi and Morton were given the Pin It Forward Award, bestowed upon competitors demonstrating leadership and kindness, Cooper says. Sophie Bauer from LOHS also received the Pin It Forward Award.

“Both our teams had a blast and gained a ton of new skills,” Cooper says.

By Jillian Daley
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