The St. John’s School Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer Squads cheered, flipped, stunted and jumped their way to top awards at the National Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp at Sam Houston State University.
With 27 Cheer squads in attendance from across the state of Texas, the14-member Varsity squad and 15-member Junior Varsity squads won Top Team in the Game-Time Division.
“I am so proud of both teams,” St. John’s School Head Cheer Coach Jamie Everett said. “They really worked together as a team and St. John’s is so proud of all their major accomplishments.”
Both the St. John’s Varsity and Junior Varsity squads won Game-Time Top Team in the Small Varsity and J.V. Divisions for their excellence in team performance that includes performing a cheer along with their stunts, tumbling and jumps.
“For the second year in a row, our teams have won the Game-Time Top Team trophies . . . this is such a huge accomplishment to be able to bring these trophies home back to back,” Everett said. “They worked so hard to achieve these awards with long hours of practice and dedication.”
Everett said that the hard work paid off in other areas, too.
The St. John’s School Varsity received the S.P.O.T. award given to the squad with the best safety techniques in stunting, three Spirit Sticks and All Superior Ribbons in every single one of their evaluations. The St. John’s Junior Varsity received four Spirit Sticks and All Superior Ribbons on their evaluations as well. As a result of their top awards, both the SJS Varsity and JV Cheerleaders have been invited to compete at the National Cheerleaders Association National Competition in January 2013 in Dallas.
Additionally, nine cheerleaders were nominated to be All-American Cheerleaders, which is the most prestigious award given to an individual cheerleader by the National Cheerleaders Association. All-American Cheerleaders are nominated by NCA staff members and then have to try out and become selected. According to the National Cheerleaders Association, cheerleaders can be nominated for All-American by displaying superior technique in the following categories: jumps, tumbling, stunting, motion technique, leadership and dance. The nominees were: Paige Albert, Kate Bomar, Meg Bres, Caroline Cowan, Eleni Demeris, Isabel Wallace – Green, Taylor Heeg, Aanie Phillips and Robby Rybarczyk.
Once nominated, these nine St. John’s cheerleaders went through an additional solo try-out. From that individual competition, three St. John’s School Varsity cheerleaders were ultimately named 2012 NCA All-Americans: Paige Albert, Meg Bres and Robby Rybarczyk.
Everett said that she is thrilled with the success of the St. John’s School Cheer program.
“The program has grown so much!,” she said. “We now have the biggest Junior Varsity team ever in all my years at SJS, with 15 members. And there are so many new athletes on the team this year. I am enjoying seeing so much growth in the SJS Cheer Program – it is truly a special thing to coach all of these amazing student-athletes.”
The 2012 – 2013 St. John’s School Varsity Cheerleaders are: Seniors Haishat Alli, Caroline Cowan (Captain, ) Eleni Demeris (Captain), Audrey Eyring, Robby Rybarczyk and Maddy Schulz and Juniors: Paige Albert, Meg Bres , Christie Dawson , Mary Ellison, Taylor Heeg, Jinni Kim, Christina Moss and Gracie Voss.
The 2012 – 2013 St. John’s School Junior Varsity Cheerleaders are: Sophomores Kate Bomar (Captain), Isabelle Wallace-Green, Sarah Hansen, Aanie Phillips, Emily Sherron and Tiffany Yue and Freshmen: Paige Avery, Allison Buass, Alana Flores, Sophie Lanier, Phoebe Myers, Mary Pat Patrizi, E. Robins, Lauren Smith and Isabella Sturgis.
Everett said that the 29 St. John’s School cheerleaders will be working this summer to get ready for football season in the fall.
“ I am very excited about the upcoming season,” she said. “ We are ready to get on the sidelines to cheer on our football team. Go Mavs!”
The National Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp at Sam Houston State University was started in 1948 by Lawrence Herkimer. Herkimer is the founder of the National Cheerleaders Association and his camp at Sam Houston State University was the first-ever cheerleading camp in the United States. Herkimer, who was a cheerleader at Southern Methodist University, is also credited with creating a signature cheerleading jump, called the “Herkie.”