This is the second year the CCS cheerleaders have competed at the state competition. Pictured from left are Yeraldin Almanza, Brooke Schilke, Macy Coleman, Hannah Meeske, Abigail Almanza and Hayley Vitosh. (Courtesy photo).
CCS cheerleaders gain valuable experience at state competition
Last Saturday was the 10th annual Nebraska State High School Cheer and Dance Championships where nearly 2,100 athletes from across the state represented their schools in both dance performance and cheerleading.
The competition took place in Grand Island at the Heartland Events Center.
After three months of preparation, Chase County Schools’ (CCS) cheerleaders participated in the Class C-1 non-tumbling category coached by sponsor Amanda Kimble and assistant coach Ayla Rector.
“We didn’t end up placing, but we are gaining experience,” said Kimble. “We haven’t had a lot of opportunity to perform in front of a crowd, but it’s been fun.”
There were 14 other schools competing in this particular category.
With six on the squad this year, Kimble says, “Hopefully we will continue to rise in experience.”
CCS cheerleaders both fundraise and find sponsors to help with the expenses for state competition. The pool cleaning service located in Georgia, Slippery When Wet, whose owners are related to Kimble, has been a sponsor for the last two years.