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SCC cheerleaders earn bid to nationals

The St. Croix Central Cheerleading squad is pictured on Wednesday July 10, at the National Cheerleaders' Association's (NCA's) Innovative Speed Camp where the St. Croix Central Varsity Cheer & Stunt Squad won a bid to Nationals in Dallas, TX in January of 2014. pictured (back, from left) are Payton Witthoff, Abbie Constant, Diane Anderson, Kenzie Standaert, Chrissy Kamm, Kayla Bair & Amber Rentfrow; (front, from left Parker Standaert, Destiny Nutt, Noah Carlson (holding the bid to Nation...

The St. Croix Central High School varsity cheer and stunt squad was pleasantly surprised when they heard they had secured a bid for cheerleading nationals at an awards ceremony at the conclusion of cheer camp Wednesday, July 10.

"One of our seniors was sitting next to me," said assistant cheerleading coach Marion Standaert, "and I had to kind of push her to go get it. It took them a second before they were all excited and ran out to get the certificate."

After the initial shock, Standaert said the squad was very happy to collect the certificate that gives the squad a chance to compete at the national cheerleading competition in Dallas in 2014.

"They worked really, really hard," Standaert said of the SCC squad. "Three of the kids were brand new to cheerleading. They're freshmen and they caught on really quickly and it was a lot of fun."

The SCC squad attended a new type of cheer camp this year, Standaert said, called a "speed camp."

"You don't practice cheers, you don't practice dances, chants, anything like you think your normal cheerleading camp does," she said. "This focuses strictly on stunting, building pyramids, basket tossing and tumbling classes."

Judges at the cheer camp assessed each squad through the duration of the camp to see if they had what it takes to compete at nationals. At the end of the camp, each squad performed a routine for the group and then the judges held an awards ceremony during which the nationals bids were handed out.

The bid gives the squad the opportunity to go to the national competition, if they can raise enough money to cover the registration fees and the trip to Texas. Standaert said the squad will have to start over with fundraising as the proceeds of its last fundraising effort were used to send the squad to cheer camp. Nationals will be held in January 2014.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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