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A cheer for the spirit squad

In competitive cheerleading, it takes a team to be successful.

And when it comes to success, Glenwood Springs High School’s cheer team is at the top of the pyramid.

Or in cheer lingo, the flyer in the partner stunt.



On Wednesday, the high school honored all 21 members of the 2003-04 squad and its three-person coaching staff for winning their second straight Class 4A state championship at last weekend’s Colorado State High School Association’s 13th annual Spirit Championships.

The cheerleaders’ victory was historic.



GSHS Principal Mike Wells mentioned that in his opening remarks.

“Reaching the championship level at state is a special thing,” he said. “And what the cheerleading squad has accomplished is unsurpassed at Glenwood Springs High School and in CHSAA history.

“The school has never had back-to-back state titles before and it’s the first time a cheerleading squad has won consecutive CHSAA state championships.”

Of the seven previous team state championships GSHS has obtained, three sports have won multiple state titles. None were earned in consecutive years.

The boys basketball teams’ state championships came in 1975, 1979 and 1984. The football team won its titles in 1978 and 1980. The Demon girls track team won the 1994 Class 4A championship.

The assembly concluded with the Demon cheerleaders performing their state-winning competition routine to the enthusiastic crowd of students and community supporters.

Paige Burger, one of six senior cheerleaders, said performing in front of the student body was special and nerve-wracking.

“I was more nervous to perform today than I was at state because we know all these people,” she said. “It was a lot scarier.”

“The pressure is very real because the people we were performing for aren’t just up in the stands,” added senior Molly Ackerman. “They’re faces with names and they are people you see every day.

“The performance today was more personal, so it was more enjoyable. You we’re smiling because these are the people that supported you and helped get you where you’ve gotten.”

And the cheerleaders’ routine has enabled their competitive season to continue. By submitting a videotape of the routine to the Universal Cheerleaders Association, the Demons received notice they have qualified to compete at the National High School Cheerleading Championships at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in March.

Additionally, Lynn Goluba, who coaches the cheer squad with Kim Richardson and Jody Jordan, said plans are in the works for the competitive team to perform their state championship routine at a future home basketball game after the holidays.


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