Cheerleaders capture spirit award

by Taylor Mitchell

Cheerleaders Brooke Bemis, Molly Gabrielson, Kelsey Pracht and Kambry Porter, all 12, pose with the "top banana" spirit award. The South squad was awarded the top honor during cheer camp June 6-9. Photo courtesy of Molly Gabrielson

In the quest for the “top banana” spirit award, South cheerleaders and yell leaders proudly displayed their Maverick spirit and willingness to participate during cheer camp held at Bethany College June 6-9.

“The team that has the most spirit over the whole entire camp also got a spirit stick, but it’s not as exciting as the top banana is” Robbye Herrington, cheer coach, said.

In addition to the banana, Kambry Porter, Molly Gabrielson, Adam Smith and Kelsey Pracht, all 12, as well as Katie Johnston, 11, all tried-out and made the Universal Chearleading Association All-American Squad.

“[Making the squad] you had to try-out in front of the UCA judges and other cheerleaders there and do a cheer, jump and dance. It was based on knowledge, tightness, accuracy, spirit and smile,” Porter said.

During the trip home, the team was in no way lacking in the trophy department. They were awarded five trophies for spirit and skill.

“It was awesome to be able to represent Maize South and win the most spirited award at camp! We also won five different trophies. We did amazing and I’m so proud of the whole cheer squad,” Pracht said.

South's cheerleading squad poses wtih their awards after camp at Bethany College. In addition to wining the top banana, the squad won five other awards for spirit and skill. Photo courtesy of Molly Gabrielson