The DeKalb County High School Basketball Cheerleaders recently participated in a Cheerleaders of America (COA) Summer Camp.
COA holds events for over 150,000 cheerleaders and dancers around the United States. Celebrating 20 years as an industry leader, COA was founded in 1987 by Steven G. Wedge and is currently one of the top three leaders in spirit education.
Through intense and top-rated training and practice, the DCHS squad learned a variety of dances, cheers, chants, and stunts. Annually, the COA staff selects award winners during the summer camps it administers around the country.
The final day of the summer camp, the DCHS Cheerleaders received the following awards: Superior Rating for their routine. A Superior Rating is based on their Mastery of COA standards of cheer and dance, high level of difficulty, and no major mistakes for a cheer routine.
National Qualifier: As a result of their intense training and skill, the DCHS Basketball Cheerleaders qualified for COA Ultimate Nationals are to be held March 20 – 23, 200, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando Florida.
Dream Team Selection is based on performance at camp and appraisals of COA instructors. Teams are invited to perform at Bowl Games and Holiday Parades across the country.
The DCHS Basketball Cheerleaders are led by Captains Amber Evans and Lacey Parchman. Other members of the squad are Rosemary Apple, Jessica Cook, Alison Curtis, Heather Luna, Caroline Carter, Kendra Foutch, Amanda Ours, Elicia Cantrell, and Camry White. They are coached by Walteen Parker.
COA All American Award:
The COA All American Award was given to Kendra Foutch. The All American Award is presented to the cheerleader who has exemplary cheer skills, tumbling skill, jumps, and cheer spirit. Kendra is a 10th grade student at DCHS and is the daughter of Belinda and Tracy Foutch of Smithville.
COA Cheerleadership Award:
The COA Cheerleadership Award was presented to Amber Evans. The Cheerleadership Award is presented to the cheerleader who exhibits exemplary leadership skills through instruction and dedication to her squad. Amber is a 12th grade student at DCHS and is the daughter of Lori Evans of Smithville.