St. Joseph cheerleaders attend camp at UCA

Fifteen students from St. Joseph High School took part in a recent cheerleading camp sponsored by the Universal Cheerleading Association, which was held at the University of Central Arkansas Hyper Center.

St. Joseph’s junior high and varsity squads were instructed on game cheerleading and crowd leadership techniques by the cheerleading association’s coaches. St. Joseph coaches Amy Covington and Hannah Chamoun were also there to assist. The camp is designed to enhance leadership skills and build personal confidence. 

Cheerleaders from several schools from around the state also competed for various awards.

Anna Claire Bailey (from left), Carolyn Woodson, Katherine Covington and Ella Jones after receiving

The Bulldogs’ varsity squad won first place in game day competition, second place in extreme routine competition and the "Most Improved" trophy. The team also received the Triple Crown Spirit Stick for winning gold ribbons at each of its camp evaluations.

The junior high squad received the first place trophies for game day and extreme routine competitions as well as the one for "Most Improved." It was also given the Triple Crown Spirit Stick for its gold ribbon evaluations.

The Junior High squad practices a routine.

Additionally, Anna Claire Bailey, Katherine Covington, Carolyn Woodson and Ella Jones earned "All-American" status at the camp. Being an All-American is one of the highest awards an individual can achieve in cheerleading. Each summer, thousands try out for this title at cheer camps across the country but only 10 percent are chosen.

The Varsity cheerleaders demonstrate on the final day of competition.