• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

WCHS Cheerleaders earn national bid

WCHS CHEERLEADERS perform during the UCA championships held at Heritage Hall on Saturday, Nov 11. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School cheerleading competition team is headed to National High School Cheer Competition at Disney World in February. The Jackets punched their ticket on Saturday, Nov 11 at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Championships which were held at Heritage Hall in Lexington Center.

“We were all nervous at first but then the moment hit and we performed very well,” said senior Mehlea Hysell. “We have come a long way this year and I am very proud of my team. It's bittersweet because this is my last time I will do this with this team but I am glad to compete with them. This is a great group that works really hard.”

The Woodford squad posted a 6th place finish in the two and a half minute routine and finished 8th in the game-day division.

“It was much more exciting than our first competition, said senior Drew Richie. “When you get up there to compete and see all of the people it can be a bit intimidating and you can get tight but if you allow yourself to be loose, you can compete at your best and that's what we want to do every time.”

UCA is the largest provider of cheerleading camps and competitions in the world. Each year, UCA hosts over 50 regional events that serve as qualifiers to the National High School Cheerleading Championship and the International All Star Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. These Championships are nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports to over 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide each year. The Woodford County team has been raising money since the summer in hopes of reaching the goal of qualifying for nationals.

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