By Annie Mitchell,
If you notice any Davis High cheerleaders walking around campus with rings on their fingers, do not be surprised. The cheer competition team was crowned State Champion at the CIF sanctioned JAMZ State Championship in Bakersfield on Feb. 3.
“After winning first place, I think what my team and I felt was really just a sense of pure excitement, happiness and satisfaction,” junior Kay Silveria said. “This was our biggest competition this season, and after all the time, effort and injuries that were put into the practices leading up to it, it was amazing to see how all of our hard work had paid off when we placed so well.”
The team of 23 performed both a show cheer and sideline routine. They were awarded first place for the latter, according to Silveria. This routine resembles the sideline cheering that DHS students see at sports games, but it includes additional props such as signs, megaphones, flags and banners and showcases even more tumbling and stunts.
Head coach Tamara Reed attributes the team’s success to the months of hard work that began in August.
“Right before State we knew that to be competitive we had to make some changes and really add more to our routine, and they decided as a team that they wanted to go all out and do anything possible to try and get the win,” Reed said. “Thankfully, they took it all in stride, worked hard and performed everything perfectly when it was time, but you still never know if it’s enough to win until you get to awards.”
Winning the competition awarded the team the opportunity to compete at a national competition in Las Vegas, but due to insufficient funds it will not be able to do so.