At cheer camp, the Poland cheerleaders learned new cheers and dances, partook in intensive skills training and competed against 17 squads from six other Ohio high schools. All training and competition was conducted under the supervision of the professional UCA staff. During the week, the girls performed Poland’s traditional Fight Song dance and competed original “home pom” dances that each squad choreographed and practiced throughout the spring. They also competed new material learned.
This hard work paid off as the PSHS cheerleaders earned several trophies and individual awards. The varsity and junior varsity squads combined won the second place trophy and the freshman squad won the first place trophy in competing the Extreme Routine dance learned at camp. The freshman squad also earned the Superior Squad Improvement Award.
The most prestigious camp honor, the Leadership Award, once again went to PSHS for outstanding leadership qualities displayed by all Poland squads. This award is so special because the winning school is not chosen by UCA staff but rather through votes cast by each participating squad. It is tradition for Poland to earn this award, and this year proves no different.
The PSHS girls earned many individual honors, as well. Several Poland cheerleaders chose to compete to be named All-American by UCA staff. freshman Emily Auth, sophomore Erica Kerr, juniors Mackenzie Clark, Kelly Aguilar and Natalie Dragovich and senior Courtney Sedall were named All-American. Freshman Mackenzie Beck was a finalist in the Jump-Off competition.
Freshman Danielle Voitus and junior Kelly Aguilar were awarded pins in UCA’s “Pin it Forward” program, where cheerleaders are selected for displaying exceptional personal leadership, spirit, commitment, friendliness and motivation. Freshman Ashley Labatte and seniors Courtney Sedall, Kaitlyn Ducsay and Taylor Cougras earned a different UCA pin called “Grin it to Win it” for their outstanding, contagious smiles and outgoing personalities.
The honors kept coming for Poland cheerleaders weeks later at the Poland Relay for Life, when the squads worked together to walk the track for 24 straight hours. The cheerleaders won the second place trophy for competing in the Relay talent contest and came together with other PSHS students representing Student Council, National Honor Society, Leadership and Volleyball to earn the first place trophy in Team Spirit, showing the most enthusiasm for the cause throughout the Relay. Most impressively, the cheerleaders placed in the Bronze category for donations contributed, collecting more than $3,100 to help cure cancer.
The PSHS cheerleaders worked together through many long hours of training, competition and charity to earn these many honors and show their level of dedication to their school and their community.
Poland Seminary High School cheerleaders pose for a quick picture before they make their way to Universal Cheerleading Association Camp at Akron University.