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Red Mountain varsity cheerleading excels in 2016-17

Red Mountain freshman and varsity cheerleader Marlee Stevens shows her school spirit. (Jan Saquella/Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

Red Mountain High School varsity cheerleading took home first place at the USA Regionals competition in Anaheim, California on Nov. 19. This accomplishment secured them a spot at Nationals on March 23-26 in Anaheim, California.

“Any Arizona team that scored 75 points or higher at qualifiers got to go to Nationals,” senior Breanna Smith said. “We went to compete against schools from all over the country including Arcadia, Agua Fria Union, Willow Canyon, Salpointe Catholic, Ironwood, Poston Butte and Valley Vista.”

Cheerleading has changed over time, and the skill level has become a lot more complex. The coaches were once on Spiritline themselves and have worked to implement new strategies to keep up with today’s level of competitiveness.

“Cheerleading has changed so much since I’ve been on the team,” varsity cheerleading coach Dalia Garcia Starks said. “It’s so much more than cheer. It’s a competitive sport showing off how much you support your classmates.”

There is a very large difference of what the pom team does versus the cheerleaders. The pom team dances after working on choreography for weeks to perfect their performance and create excitement during school events.

“My favorite thing about pom is the rush of performing in front of a crowd, while doing what I love with my best friends,” senior team captain Allison Kenley said. “I love when the audience is hype during a performance. It makes us all super excited to keep performing and do our best.”

Being part of a spiritline is all about making new friends. For more information, visit:

– Gillian McComeskey is a sophomore at Red Mountain High School in Mesa.

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