The South Walton High School Cheerleaders for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year are Julianna Allen, Savannah Bartleson, Angela Beabout, Maria Beabout, Marissa Brown, Zoelle Coetzee, Chandler Davis, Natalie DiCiaula, Emily Dismukes, Bella Ekstrom, Kate Harper, Taylor Hatley, Jenna Kotowske, Maria Martins, Alex Page, Kiera Singletary, Ashley Ward, Katie Wesson and Alexis Workman. They are coached by SWHS science teacher and cheerleading coach, Ashlee Scarpulla.
The girls worked many hours this summer grocery bagging and fundraising for new uniforms and camp fees so they could attend the National Cheerleaders Association camp held at Florida State University July 28-31. The team worked hard at summer practices, gave 110 percent every day and put their heart and soul in their camp performances and it showed. The team received the following awards at camp:
Top Team/Small Varsity Top Team, superior ribbon, is the highest award given for overall excellence.
The Herkie Team Award This award is named after the founder of NCA and is awarded to the squad which exemplifies leadership, values, teamwork and sportsmanship. This award is chosen by the NCA staff and is only given to one team who exemplifies these qualities throughout the entire camp.
Spirit Stick Winner Presented to the squad showing the most sincere spirit and enthusiasm each day. The teams overall cooperation, discipline, leadership, safety and respect for one another and other teams is considered. SWHS was presented with the spirit stick all four days at camp.
Technical Excellence This award is given for displaying superior skills and proper technique in stunting during the NCA evaluation.
Bid to NCA Nationals This tremendous accomplishment is awarded to the teams exemplifying the best technical skills and techniques as well as positive attitude and sportsmanship. The bid is extended to teams to compete at the NCA High School National Championship.
In addition to team awards, several individuals were recognized as well:
All American Nominees SWHS Cheerleaders nominated by NCA camp staff as All-American Nominees were Julianna Allen, Savannah Bartleson, Angela Beabout, Marissa Brown, Zoe Coetzee, Chandler Davis, Natalie DiCiaula, Emily Dismukes, Taylor Hatley, Jenna Kotowske, Maria Martin, Alex Page, Ashley Ward and Katie Wesson. They are eligible to perform at certain NCA special events.
All American Team Congratulations to Marissa Brown, Taylor Hatley and Alex Page for being selected to the All-American Team.
Special Pin Angela Beabout and Maria Martins were chosen by NCA camp staff as cheerleaders who represented everything that a cheerleader should be. They were awarded with a special pin to recognize their excellence.
The SWHS Cheerleaders were scheduled to perform at the school orientation pep rally Aug. 5. The team thanks all of its sponsors and all of the cheer parents and extended family members for carpooling, chaperoning and volunteering for the 2013-2014 SWHS Cheerleading Team.