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Two weekends ago I attended the spring clinic at the University of Kentucky. It was so nice meeting new people at the clinic and working with the team. I had the opportunity to work on new stunts and baskets, learn tumbling drills, and talk with the squad about the upcoming season. I viewed a mock tryout and got an insight into the tryout process. As always, I was amazed by how talented the UK cheerleaders are, and I cant wait to see them all again at tryouts.
This past weekend I flew to Orlando, Florida to compete with my team, ICE Lady Lightning, at the Cheerleading World’s Championship. We advanced to finals after finishing in first place in the semi-finals on Sunday. We had a few minor issues with the routine, so we practiced Sunday night to prepare for our final performance on Monday. After all of the obstacles we faced this year, our goal was to just go out on the floor and hit two clean routines. Not only did we accomplish that by performing our two best routines of the year, but we also came in first, brought home the gold and became World Champions of the small senior all girl division. It was such an amazing experience that I wouldn’t have wanted to share with anyone else! This has been one of the hardest divisions I have ever competed in, and it was an honor to be competing against such amazing athletes.
I am so proud of how far my team has come and I am thankful that whenever we encountered a challenge or setback we always came together to overcome it. After spraining my ankle a few days before worlds, the routine had to be changed, and again the team pulled through. Even the night before taking the floor we made changes to the routine and were still able to put on our best performance of the year. I couldn’t imagine a better way to end my senior year of all-star cheerleading than by fulfilling my dream of becoming a World Champion! I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support along the way.As much as I’ll miss all-star cheerleading, as well as my teammates and coaches, I look forward to starting the next chapter of my life at the University of Kentucky, where in one week, I’ll be trying out for the UK cheer squad to fulfill my next dream of becoming a UK Cheerleader.