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EA Cougars cheerleaders win Home Pom

Escambia Academy’s varsity cheerleaders left the UCA Cheer Camp for AISA schools with several awards including the Leadership Award and the Cheer Camp State Champs for small varsity schools.

The Cougars’ varsity squad finished first in Home Pom, first-place in cheer and second-place in extreme routine.

Also winning awards were the junior varsity squad which finished as runners-up in the Cheer Camp State Championship. They finished second in Home Pom and extreme routine at the camp.

Winning the Leadership Award was a big deal for the Cougars because of the size of their squad.

Rachel Fuller, captain of the Cougars cheerleading squad, said she does not know of any small schools that have won the award.

“It’s the most prestigous award because it is voted on by our peers,” Fuller said. “We don’t know of any small squads who have ever won it becuase it usually goes to large or medium squads.”

Individually, the Cougars had several members of both varsity and junior varsity chosen for honors.

Niki Bryan, Nycole Thompson, Natalie Lassiter and Anna Catherine Sasser were selected as UCA All-Americans.

As varsity members, Bryan and Thompson have the chance to perform in London on New Year’s Day, while Lassiter and Sasser have the opportunity to perform on Thanksgiving at Disney World.

Bailey Vaughn was selected as an AISA All-Star, which allows here to cheer at the AISA All-Star basketball and football games.

Three other members of the squad were chosen for Pin It Forward: American Needs Cheerleaders with Amber Huskey, Page Lancaster and Sasser all receving pins.

Each cheerleader that was selected as UCA All-American will be looking for corporate sponsors to support their trip. Anyone intersted may contact Escambia Academy at 368-2080.

The Escambia Academy varsity cheerleading squad, pictured from left,captain Rachel Fuller, Samantha Lee, Caitlyn Bruley, Amber Huskey, sponsor Cyndi Vaughn, Niki Bryan, Page Lancaster, Nycole Thompson and co-captain Bailey Vaughn.|Submitted Photo

EA junior varsity cheerleaders pictured, front row, from left, Kricket White, Natalie Lassiter, Sarah Weatherford and Anna Catherin Sasser. Back row, Jessica Glick, Claire Dawe, Sissy Jeter and Hannah Boothe.|Submitted Photo