CHS Cheer Places at NCA National Competition
This weekend, the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) hosted hundreds of cheerleading squads from across the county and thousands of spectators in Dallas, Texas at the NCA National Cheerleading Competition.
After earning a bid to Nationals during a NCA camp this summer, the Cassville High School Cheerleaders decided they were up to the challenge to compete at such an elite level.
“When we got the bid in July, I wasn't sure if our squad would be able to attend such a prestigious event,” said Lisa Schell, CHS cheerleading coach. “Once we were given permission to go, the girls dedicated many hours of practice time to be able to step on that mat with over 250 teams this past weekend.”
Natalie Ward coaches alongside Schell as the assistant cheerleading coach.
During the two day competition, they competed in the Intermediate Non-Tumbling and Game Time divisions. They earned recognition and a trophy in both divisions finishing 12th in the Intermediate Non-Tumbling division and in the top 30 in Game Time performance.
“As a coach I am honored that I had the opportunity to work with such dedicated athletes,” said Schell.
This is the first time CHS has competed at NCA Nationals.
“These 11 young ladies from Cassville represented our small town with class, dedication and talent. Memories were made that will last a lifetime, but this experience also taught this team that hard work and perseverance pays off. A little town in Southwest, Missouri can compete with big cities from all over the U.S. I can't wait to see what the future holds for CHS Cheer. We hope to make a second appearance next year. Thank you Cassville Schools and the entire Cassville community for this amazing experience and your support,” said Schell.