Cheerleaders place at UIL competition


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The cheerleaders line up at the start of their first round of competition.

After months of hard work and preparation, the cheerleaders finally got to show off their new moves. They competed against nearly 50 other 3A schools from all around the state in Arlington on Wednesday. Not only did the cheerleaders make it into the top 20, but they placed ninth in the state.

Out of all the teams, the Bison squad was the smallest with only eight cheerleaders.

“Words can’t explain how proud I am of these ladies,” coach Cheryl Lack said. “They set their goals and reached them all. Hard work and dedication goes a long way and my little team of eight proved it.”

This was the first U.I.L cheerleading competition, so for some of the girls, it brought back a lot of memories from their younger days.

“I did competitive cheer when I was five so it felt like I was a little kid again,” sophomore Ima Champion said. “The whole thing was a lot of fun but very tiring. We worked our butts off for it.”

Overall, it was a great team bonding experience.

“I was really nervous but, being with my friends calmed my nerves,” sophomore Shalyn Cotton said. “I enjoyed being with my squad. We had so much fun!”