The hard work has paid off.
After two-and-half weeks of intense practice, the South Walton High School Seahawk competitive cheer team brought home several accolades from the NCA Cheer Camp at
The Seahawk cheer team won top team at the camp and also received awards for technical excellence in motions and jumps, spirit stick and a bid to the NCA Nationals.
They also brought home the "Herkie Award" which is voted on by the staff. This award is named after the NCA founder and is awarded to the squad who exemplifies the qualities upon which the NCA was founded — leadership, values and teamwork.
"This is a very hard working group, very disciplined and very enjoyable to be around," said Cheer Coach Ashlee Scarpulla.
The Seahawks were one of seven cheer teams at the FSC camp.
"We were able to get more one-on-one instruction," Scarpulla said. "But we still had some tough competition."
This was the fourth year for Scarpulla to take the girls to the cheer camp.
She said "team bonding" is one of her main reason for taking the girls to camp.
In addition to coming together as a team, the girls worked on all aspects of cheering. They learned new cheers, jumps and stunts at the camp. And team captains were able to attend a special class.
At the end of the camp, South Walton had four girls who were named All Americans. Bringing home the honors were Emily Dismukes, senior captain; Chandler Davis, senior captain; Anna Jackson, junior; and Alex Page, junior.
The team will have the next two weeks off before they will begin work again.
"Our main focus is competition," she said. And the end goal is to do well at the NCA Nationals in
"We have a long road to get there," Scarpulla said. "But with their work ethic, I'm excited to see how they do."
However, before nationals, the team will have to score well at the regionals held in December in
In the meantime, football season is just around the corner and the cheer team can be seen on the sidelines rooting on the Seahawks.
"I am so very proud of my girls and look forward to working with them this competition season," Scarpulla said.