Worth Yelling About: Cheerleaders Excel in Contest

UT Dallas Squad Qualifies for National Championships for 2nd Consecutive Year

July 30, 2008

For the second year in a row the UT Dallas Cheer squad has qualified to compete in the 2009 National Cheerleader Association/National Dance Association championships, scheduled to take place in Daytona Beach, Fla., next spring.   

The cheerleaders received their invitation by way of their performance at the National Cheerleaders Association’s College Cheer and Dance Camp, which was held recently at Southern Methodist University.

The camp featured more than 600 cheerleaders and dancers from across the country.  At the conclusion of the three-day event, the UT Dallas women won the Rally Routine competition in the All-Girl division.  They also placed second in the Game Day competition in the All-Girl division: 

Rally Routine — All-Girl

  • First Place — UT Dallas
  • Second Place — University of Houston
  • Third Place — Rogers State University (Okla.)

Game Day — All-Girl

  • First Place — Rogers State University (Okla.)
  • Second Place — UT Dallas
  • Third Place — University of Houston

The UT Dallas squad, which learned new cheers, chants, stunts and pyramids at the camp, also received “superior” ribbons on all of their evaluations and was awarded the coveted Spirit Stick, which is given to only 10 percent of the teams in attendance.

David Clark is coach of the team.  Members of the 2008-09 squad are Christi Barfield, Trevre Williams, Mica Mayes, Ashley Huntsberry, Melissa Hodgson, Tiffany Wilhoit, Kelsey Haroldson, Cami Jo Vandiver and Laura Ream.


Media contact: Jenni Huffenberger, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4431, jennib@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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UT Dallas cheerleaders were awarded the coveted Spirit Stick at the National Cheerleaders Association’s College Cheer and Dance Camp, held recently at Southern Methodist University.

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