Saturday, September 30, 2023

Lafayette High School Cheer Squad Excels At UCA Cheer Camp


Kylie Beard, NiYounce Brand (not pictured), McKenna Brown, Ally Bryan, Abigail Burns, Amber Chandler, Macie Childers, Amanda Fortner (not pictured), Nora Gafford, Grace Gatlin, Summer Gray, Lakynn Hillhouse, Caroline Harris, Makyah Harris, Zya Kelly (not pictured), Gabbie Hunter, McCala Kilpatrick, Mary Massey Perkins, Ella Shelton, Allie Tapp, Audrey Tapp, Kiyana Thompson, Kaylee Trumbo, Kylee Walls, Nicole Wood (not pictured), Destiny Slate, Leslie Ann Nail

The Lafayette High School Cheer Squad recently attended a four-day cheer camp hosted by the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) at Ole Miss Camp 1 and had great success throughout the week. The Lafayette High School Cheer Team won the superior award in every category, which is the highest level a squad can receive for their camp routines.
The LHS Cheer Squad has 27 members ranging from 7th-12th grade working together to be the best team they can be. At the camp, the squad gained many new skills. The team learned a game day routine, crowd cheers, sideline routines and an extreme routine.
However, the UCA cheer camp is more than stunts, jumps and tumbling. The girls learned many valuable life skills throughout the week. The UCA camp hosted leadership classes, taught communication skills, team building, and goal setting.
“At the camp, we talked a lot about the importance of the girl’s leadership roles,” cheer coach Avery Lorick said. “Our squad does more than cheer; they are a part of something bigger. They serve as role models and ambassadors to the school and community.”
Lorick talked to the girls about the traditions and goals that they have as a team. Lorick and Spirit Coordinator, Alecia Russell, want the squad to know that their job as a team is to support all Lafayette athletics, promote school spirit, and be the best versions of themselves that they can be.
“We want the girls to succeed on and off the cheer mat,” Lorick said.

On top of the squad’s overall success, Ally Bryan and Gabbie Hunter from the team also received the All-American Cheerleader award. Both girls will be performing this November in the Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Parade as UCA All-Americans representing Lafayette High School Cheer.
All-Americans award winners Ally Bryan and Gabbie Hunter

“Our team and girls are extremely athletic and talented,” Lorick said. “They excelled during cheer camp. I have never had a squad to this caliber, and I am so proud of their accomplishments at camp. They are all amazing individuals.”
Lorick hopes that every girl on the Lafayette High School Cheer Team gained more confidence, leadership and cheer skills. Lorick feels that her squad walked away from the UCA cheer camp with a successful and positive experience.
“At the end of the week one of our girls told me that accomplishing new cheer skills was fun, but that she learned it is more important to set goals and grow as a person,” Lorick said. “And that tells me that we are doing our job and helping mold these girls in a positive way beyond cheerleading.”

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