Along with its recent power surge of success in baseball and basketball, West Columbus High School has continued to further brighten its athletic scene with national championship recognition for its varsity cheerleading squad.
Along with competing and gaining high honors throughout the school year at area and state competitions in Raleigh, Lumberton, Wilmington and Apex, the 18-member Viking squad entered national competitions at Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach, with the opportunity to compete against teams from throughout the U.S.
At the March 16-18 Cheer Ltd, Nationals at Myrtle Beach during CanAm celebrations, the WCHS squad of Coach Tasha Dyson competed in the Large Varsity Non-Tumble D2 division, finishing with the high score (83.7) out of a possible 100) of all the scholastic divisions, earning a Gold bid to the national finals.
At the U.S. Finals May 4-5, at Virginia Beach, the WCHS girls won the Advanced Non-Tumble High School Division championship with a 95.5 score out of a possible 100 and gained advancement to the U.S. Finals Challenge.
In its category of the Championship Challenge, the West Columbus team won a banner and championship rings. This competition included the combined winners from all eight U.S. Finals locations for judging.
A list of individual award winners follows:
NCCCA All-Region Cheer Team – Jessica Griffin, Baylee Haynes, Lexi Hunt and Jada Faison.
NCCCA All-State Cheer Team – Jada Faison
All-American Cheerleaders – KK Horne, Baylee Haynes, Ashlynn Dickerson, Jada Faison.
NCHSAA Cheer Scholarship – KK Horne.
“This has been a very dedicated group,” said Dyson, who has been directing the Viking cheerleaders for 13 years. “It requires a lot of time and preparation throughout the school year. She added, “We also get tremendous support from the entire community.”