EA cheerleaders make strong showing at camp

Published 12:43 pm Thursday, July 28, 2005

By Staff
Special to The Advance
The Varsity squad at Escambia Academy won 1st place in the home pom competition in the Small Varsity Division at Cheerleader Camp at Huntingdon College in July. This was a first for Escambia Academy. Five of the eight girls were on the Junior Varsity squad that placed third in home pom four years ago, which was also a first for EA. Winning Home Pom has been a dream of these girls for a long time.
Home Pom is a dance routine that the girls choreograph themselves. The girls pick different songs they want to use and have someone mix them together at 140 beats per minute. This was a well thought out process this year. They came up with a theme and of all things it was "girls." They spent many long, hot hours working on this dance. The cheerleading squad wanted everything perfect, the movement of their feet, the tilting of their heads, the bending of their arms, and much more. The squad spent time each night video taping and watching so they could see what they were doing and what they needed to work on. They took this very seriously and their hard work paid off. There is a certain amount of drive in each one of these girls. They pick each other up and drive each other. It is a very tight-knit group.
Many of the girls' parents made the trip to Montgomery to witness the competition. Many observers questioned whether the girls or their parents were more excited at the outcome.
Out of 350 girls attending the camp, three girls were asked to join the VCA staff. Stacey Gibbs of Escambia Academy was one of those selected.
In addition, on Thursday, August 25 , the cheerleaders will present Escambia Academy's Second Annual Cougar Night. The event will feature a huge pep rally on the football field before the first home football game the following night against Faith Academy. The Pee Wee cheerleaders and football players, JV cheerleaders and football players, and Varsity cheerleaders and football players will all be introduced. The cheerleaders will also have a concession stand available for those needed refreshments. All are asked to come and support the cheerleaders and football players.

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