Cheer program participates in annual summer camp

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During their final performance, the varsity team builds a pyramid. The bases have new grips that were taught to them by the UCA staff.

Hannah Hadelman, Staff Reporter

Hard work, positivity, and focus was what it took for the varsity, JV, and freshmen cheerleaders to conquer Universal Cheerleaders Association summer cheerleading camp that took place June 24-26 at UCF.

This was the first year varsity had two coaches during camp which had a positive impact on how much the cheerleaders learned.

Around six schools from all over the state came to the three-day camp that was held late June. At UCA camp, cheerleaders learn new cheers, stunts, and dances that prepare them for the upcoming season.

Each day started off with a cardio dance warmup followed by private coaching, which is when each team gets a different UCA staff member who helps the team with their stunting and cheering skills.

On the last day of camp cheerleaders performed the routine they had been working on throughout the duration of the camp for their family and friends.

“Performing on the last day for me was exciting but gave me some butterflies. I hadn’t performed in front of a crowd since February due to an injury so I certainly had nerves,” freshman Camila Pagan said.

At every camp, staff members inspire the cheerleaders by conveying a message that there is more to the sport than just yelling cheers and smiling.

“At camp you learn new stunts, dances, and sideline cheers but most importantly you learn what it really means to be a cheerleader and how to represent your school,” freshman Ally Daidone said.

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