Cheer and pom receive recognition
February 23, 2017
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The BHS pom and cheer squads have had a successful competition season. Both teams have put hard work into their routines and gained success at their national competitions.
The BHS varsity cheer squad consists of 22 cheerleaders, including five freshmen. This season, the cheer team was led by senior captains Alyse Littlesun and Nicole Zaun, and co-captains Kasidy McNeill and Karleigh Zoeller. Cheer practices every morning before school in addition to select evenings during the week. The squad performs on the sidelines at football and basketball games, and performs at pep rallies.
The cheer squad competed in state competition in September at Oklahoma City University, where they placed 10 in the state. They competed in nationals Jan. 21-22, where they placed second.
“The moment of sitting on the mats and being one of the last two teams waiting to hear how we did was nerve racking,” senior captain Alyse Littlesun said. “But after hearing the announcer yell, ‘Bartlesville cheer for runner ups’ was the best sound ever. I could never ask for a better way to end my senior year.”
Pom has competed several different times this competition season. The team spent over 10,000 hours learning and perfecting their dances to prepare themselves for their performances. The pom team also performed sidelines at football games, and their routines during half-time at football and basketball games. The performances during football and basketball games helped the team get the feel of performing their routines in front an audience.
At the state competition, pom placed first in both hip hop and pom. In addition to these placements, two ensembles and a solo placed as well. The pom squad attended two other competitions, one at Lee’s Summit Missouri, and the other, Dance for a Cure, which was hosted in Broken Arrow. At Lee’s Summit, the team placed first in pom, second in hip hop, and sixth in jazz. They also received the showmanship award for hip hop. At Dance for a Cure, the team was awarded the highest point award for their hip hop routine.
Pom attended the Dance Team Union Nationals in Orlando, FL. at the beginning of February. They won their second consecutive national title in hip hop, and won their second national title in pom. The team also placed second in jazz, and won an award for best crowd appeal.
“We felt so blessed, appreciative and humbled to have won against the amazing teams we competed against,” senior captain Heidi Roseborough said.
Tryouts for the 2017-2018 pom and cheer squads will be held in April. The dates will be announced at a later date.