KHS Cheer Team Competes at Nationals

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The Arena of the Dallas Convention Center reverberated with excitement as teams from around the nation competed for the coveted title of NCA National Champion! This year?s competition was the largest in over fifteen years.

Kennedale was elated to end the preliminary round in third place out of 25 teams in their division. After finals they were awarded with the fifth place trophy. Kennedale was presented for the first time with a?”specialty pennant in tumbling”. This ranked them as the best tumblers in their division from across the nation. This was a HUGE honor. {{more}}
Twelve athletes trained for seven months for an action packed routine that only lasted 2 ? minutes. There were no quarters, tournaments or second tries. There is nothing separating a 5A school from a 3A school. One week prior to competition, they encountered a serious injury which took one of their athletes out for what they thought may be a very long time. They brought in an alternate who stepped up and learned all of the choreography and stunts in less than a week knowing she may never get to step on the mat. One day prior to completion, the original athlete was released and was able to compete with the team. Without the alternate stepping in, the week would have been devastating. This team turned in to thirteen and exhibited the true meaning of TEAMWORK! The KHS Cheerleaders encountered so many challenges along the way, but overcame every one of them with determination and amazing teamwork.

Kennedale?s choreographer was Cody Hoffmann from Spirit of Texas and they were coached by Kennedale?s Varsity Coach, Barbara Johnston. Senior members and co-captains were Nicole Charbono and Anali McLaughlin. Juniors were Amber Bishop, Courtney Doyle, Katelynn Dunham, Kristin Miller, Jazzy Owens, Jamil Pearson and Nicolette Rangel. Sophomores were Danielle Hedglin, Madison Moss and Kennedi Sipho. The team?s alternate who gave more than any alternate in history was Freshman, Hannah Dunn. Congratulations Cheer Kennedale!

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