Cheer squad disappointed with results at Nationals, happy with experience |

Cheer squad disappointed with results at Nationals, happy with experience

Success at the High School National Cheerleading Championships is not always measured by trophies and television appearances.

What counts the most to the members of the Glenwood Springs High School cheer squad is the feeling of pride and confidence earned while working to achieve their goals as a team.

“It’s such an honor to compete at the national level,” said team captain Courtney McCallum. “Our coaches, Kim Richardson, Jody Jordan and Lynn Gobula, tell us there’s nothing you can’t do and to go after your dreams.

“That’s what makes our squad so great. We’ve done that and we’re proud of our accomplishments.”

Competing against the best cheer teams in the United States, McCallum said, “we didn’t do as well as we had hoped.”

Glenwood failed to advance beyond the first-round preliminaries of the all-girl medium varsity division.

Glenwood earned its way in to the National Championships, held in Orlando, Fla. by receiving a bid from the Universal Cheerleading Association. In Orlando, the Demons were part of a 52-school field vying for a title.

“It was a tough, tough competition,” McCallum said. “When you’re going against the best of the best, every little mistake costs.”

Easton, Pa., Area High School won the team championship. Smoky Hill, a Class 5A school from Aurora was the only one of five Colorado high schools to reach the finals.

But, the results in Orlando do not pale what the Glenwood cheerleaders have achieved as a competitive unit this year.

In December, the cheerleaders won their second consecutive Class 4A state title at the Colorado High School Activities Association Spirit Championships in Denver.

And, despite the loss of six seniors from the current squad to graduation, the expectations to return to nationals for a fifth straight time next year, McCallum said, are high.

“We got some great ideas,” McCallum added. “It was great for everyone to go and see the competition, especially our new girls. It’s been wonderful to be a part of something so amazing.”

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