Beech High School | Hendersonville, TN
When the Beech High School cheerleaders are not cheering on the sidelines, creating and painting signs and banners in the school, raising spirit during pep rallies, or running flags with students out on the field, you can find them serving their community. They partner with Barefoot Republic Camp, serve with the Bridge Ministry, and foster a mentorship program where they are assigned to a younger cheerleader within the community for the year. David Kinman, Assistant Principal of Beech High School, speaks to their academic excellence as well, “Last year, over half of the cheerleading squad finished the year with a 4.0 GPA because of each student-athlete’s meticulous devotion to their studies and their team.” Through their commitment in serving the greater Nashville community, encouraging and raising school spirit, and dedicating themselves to academics, the Beech High School Cheerleaders are the drivers of Buccaneer pride.
Marvin Ridge High School | Waxhaw, NC
Marvin Ridge High School was only created in 2007, but the Maverick Dancers immediately found their breath, spirit and passion in dancing for the school and became woven into the Maverick fabric. They perform at every football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis and lacrosse games, and create posters for every athletic and artistic team at the beginning of each season to show them that every group is important. In addition to the heavy support of Marvin Ridge activities, they also immerse themselves into their Waxhaw community. They volunteer for The Isabella Santos Foundation 5K Run annually, a future Mav Dancer who lost her battle to childhood cancer. They also choose a different non-profit to support each year: Women’s shelters, animal shelters and local hospitals to name a few. “The Marvin Ridge dancers consistently represent the best of the best among the student athletes in our school” says Donna Cook, Principal of Marvin Ridge High School, “The poise, talent, dynamic choreography, and value the dance team adds to athletic events, pep rallies, community events, service opportunities and more cannot be overstated.”
Rio Rancho High School | Rio Rancho, NM
The Rio Rancho High School cheerleaders have a strong belief in building up their squad with a focus on academics first, accountability, integrity and a tradition of excellence. When the cheerleaders aren’t unifying their student body, alumni and fans at athletic events, they’re immersing themselves in the community. They serve annually at the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk, team up with Caring through Clothing, volunteer at Cabezon Community Give Back, participate in the “Celebrity Reading” program at local elementary schools and host an annual Team Up for St. Jude Game Day. This year’s St. Jude Game Day resulted in over $1,000 raised for childhood cancer research. Head Coach, Wendy Lopez, summed up her team best, “My athletes know how important it is to find balance. Cheerleading is an outlet, the only happy place for some. It becomes a family and a strong bond is formed. They can do anything they set their minds to, and they are all in it together.”
Ronald Reagan High School | San Antonio, TX
Ronald Reagan Dance prides itself on its heavy involvement in the San Antonio community and rigorous academic success. They developed a drive with Haven for Hope, organize a canned food drive with the San Antonio Food Bank annually, all while maintaining the highest average GPA out of Reagan athletics. Another activity that the dance team takes school pride is its inclusivity with the 300-member Reagan Band Program known as “Band Dance”. Similar to Color Guard, Band Dance is a group of dancers that perform with the band to showcase dance technique in the 11-minute band show for the duration of the fall competition season. Reagan is the only school in the nation that integrates dance with band at this level. “Ronald Reagan High School is a better place because of our dance program” says Robin Hays, Assistant Principal at Ronald Reagan High School, “The girls are held to the highest standard and are positive examples of leaders for all students”.