Cheer Champions

San Marcos Pop Warner Cheerleaders Win National Competition

The San Marcos Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee Cavaliers cheer squad scored big at the recent JAMZ All-Star Nationals competition in Las Vegas, winning first place in their division against eight other outstanding teams from across the country. The girls were thrilled to represent their hometown and bring back a huge trophy, medals, and winners’ jackets. “This competition was like the Super Bowl of cheer competitions for these girls!” exclaimed Christina VanLaningham, whose daughter Savannah is on the team.

“Their success is a result of their hard work, dedication, and deep friendships, which resulted in outstanding teamwork,” said Christina. The team of third through sixth graders participated in three other competitions as preparation, in addition to two-hour practices three times a week. The girls also overcame unexpected challenges on the way to their success – several injuries resulted in last-minute changes to their routine. “They faced each challenge with a positive, can-do attitude,” shared Christina. “The girls really bonded and looked forward to seeing each other.”

Congratulations to: Angie Roybal, Ashley Kettle, Elli Zumpone, Hannah Tomechak, Jasmine Turrubiartes, Kylah Fagan, Maile Thomas, Mercedez Preciado, Mikayla Jovero, Nia Pironti, Savannah VanLaningham, Jade Middleborn, Coach Lori Fagan, Assistant Coach Michelle Yancy, Assistant Coach Lexi Marron, and Team Parent Jill Roybal.

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