Port Allen’s cheerleading team took home two first place trophies after competing in the Worldwide Spirit Association cheer competition last Sunday, January 19, at the River Center in Baton Rouge.
The ladies began practicing about two months ago in preparation for the competition, and their hard work and dedication was rewarded with two first place titles and an invitation to nationals in New Orleans. Port Allen high School’s first competitive cheer squad took their own original routines to the competition, choreographed by head cheerleader coach Shelly Lee, and won first place for both their fight song performance and timeout dance.
“It was a super big deal,” said Lee. “The girls worked so hard. They were so excited, and the parents were excited too. I couldn’t ask for a more enthusiastic team. When I took the squad to the Southwest Cheer Association’s camp at LSU over the summer, they won excellent trophies in dance and cheer, so I didn’t expect any less from them.”
The team will be participating in three more cheer competitions in the upcoming months: the Fun Cheer Sweetheart Classic in Thibodeaux in February, the American Championship in New Orleans in March, and another in New Orleans in April. The team is hoping for an invitation to nationals at Disney World.
Lee said she gives credit to her captains Rhea Lee and Mykia Johnson for the successes that the squad is seeing.
“They help me a lot with the teaching and fine tuning,” said coach Lee. “With this being their first year of competing, I wanted them to realize there’s more to cheer than Friday night football games and basketball games - It’s about teamwork, being diligent, and sticking to your craft. They just need to believe in themselves, and they can do it.”