High school cheerleaders compete during regional cheer camp event
by Marion DeVore
Special to the Mountain Home News
Members representing Mountain Home High School's Tiger cheerleading squad brought home team and individual honors following their recent appearance at the Universal Cheerleaders Association cheerleading and stunt camp in Salt Lake City.
During the three-day camp, the squad learned two dance routines, stunt sequences and various cheers.
On the camp's last day, Mountain Home's 15 cheerleaders were judged on their routines and earned seven trophies. They placed first in both two coed xtreme routines and finished fourth in the overall xtreme routine.
Head coach Jennifer DeVore, assistant coach Nanette Kuntz, varsity captain Devin Kuntz and junior co-captains Trinity Weekley and Caylin Strong lead the cheer squad in both behavior and enthusiasm. This resulted in the squad winning the camp management and respect award.
The squad also claimed the camp improvement award while finishing first for most spirit at the "Go for the Gold" pep rally and were first in the school fight song routine.
Along with the squad's overall team, multiple cheerleaders won individual awards. Bryanna Strom, Emily Lanagan, Kylie Peterman and Weekley were awarded the "Pin it Forward" two set pins. Each cheerleader kept one pin and handed off the other to a cheerleader from another squad they considered friendly and respectful.
Anthony Humphus tied for first place in the camp-wide jump off event. In addition, Kuntz, Humphus, Weekley and Strong were all selected for the All-American Team -- more than any other squad at the camp. Each of them earned the opportunity to perform during the New Year's Day Parade in London.
In total, the Tiger cheerleaders brought home 12 awards, four honors and a spirit stick.
"Hopefully, this new surge of enthusiasm and Tiger pride will carry on into the community and bring in a new breath of school spirit," team officials said.