Can I Get a Q-U-A-L-I….: State Cheer Qualifications

Delaney Kenyon, Staff Writer

On Saturday and Friday, December 8th and 9th, State High Cheerleading set out to Altoona to participate in the High School State Cheer Qualifications. These qualifications determined whether or not State High Cheer will go to the State Championships on January 19th and 20th in Hershey, PA. Kelsey Chandler, a senior and a co-cheer captain this year said, “States was the Cheer team’s goal this year. State High has not been to States in 5 years, so this is a huge accomplishment for us along with going to Nationals this year.” State High Cheer Team, because of their 4th place ranking, will be able to attend State Championships and then Nationals in Florida. In order to prepare for the State Championship Cheer Team will, “continue to work on our tumbling and stunts. We will also work on making them more difficult. Being in the gym and making our routine even better than it currently is will help us at both states and nationals,” according to co-cheer captain Makenna Bailey. Overall, State High Cheer considers this past event very successful and are looking forward to training and performing at Nationals.

State High Cheer Team poses at the State Cheer Qualifications. State Cheer Qualifications took place on December 8th and 9th in Altoona, PA. State High won fourth place, allowing them to enter States in January, 2018. Kelsey Chandler, co-cheer captain and senior, said, “State High has not been to States in five years, so this is a huge accomplishment for us along with going to Nationals in Florida. We haven’t been to Nationals in 12 years.”
Pictured: Seniors Makenna Bailey, Jaiden Wiley, Olivia Webb, Danessa Brown, Kelsey Chandler, Brenna Huerbin, Mariah Peno, Katie Kinslow; juniors Sydney Callenberger, Skylar Kutruff, Julia Romero; sophomores Ryleigh Leitzell, Reagan Leitzell, Caoilin Hall, Emma Wenrick, Hannah Kessling, Erin Small; freshman Grace Bodner, Emma Limegrover, Riley Grube, Collette Kissel, Sydney Thompson


Makenna Bailey and Julia Romero perform a lift at the qualifications while Caoilin Hall spots.