The Montgomery Catholic Junior Varsity Cheerleaders recently returned from a National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) summer camp held at Auburn University.
The National Cheerleaders Association selects award winners at each of the 1,000 camps it administers around the world each summer. Founded in 1948 by L.R. Herkimer, NCA has been conducting camps for 60 years and hold events annually for 150,000 cheerleaders and dancers around the world.
The Junior Varsity squad was a National Championship bid winner at the camp which is awarded to the team exemplifying the best technical skills and cheerleading technique. This bid is extended to teams to compete at the NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship held in Dallas, Texas.
Montgomery Catholic’s team also received the NCA Safety & Spotting, Perfection before Progression, Organization, and Technique (S.P.O.T.) award as well as a spirit stick each day of the camp.
Six cheerleaders were named as All-American Nominees, which is the most prestigious award in cheerleading today. Participants vying for All-American status are judged on motion technique, jumps, tumbling, spirit and enthusiasm, voice projection, and overall crowd appeal. These individuals are eligible to perform at various NCA Special Events.
The All-American Nominees from Montgomery Catholic are Murrey McDonald and Madison Roberts for jumps, Alex Kitchens and Mallyna Sessions for leadership, and Mary Ashley Allen and Blakely Savage for all-around performances.
Pictured are the 2008-2009 Montgomery Catholic Junior Varsity Cheerleaders: row 1: Mary Ashley Allen, Peighton Jolley, Maria Rivas, Murrey McDonald, and Blakely Savage.
row 2: Amanda Logan, Mallyna Sessions, Kayleigh Bourgeois, Madison Roberts, and Alex Kitchens.