The camp was held July 13th - 16th at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and attracted over 300 cheerleaders from surrounding states.
The National Cheerleaders Association selects award winners at each of the 1,000 camps it administers around the world each summer. Founded in 1948 by L.R. herkimer, NCA has been conducting camps for 60 years and holds events annually for 150,000 cheerleaders and dancers around the world.
As part of the 4-day curriculum, NCA selected ten of the junior high cheerleaders as All-American nominees. These outstanding individuals display strength in one of the following categories: motions, jumps, stunts, tumbling, dance or leadership. These individuals are eligible to perform at various NCA special events.
Those being recognized as All-American nominees were Nikayla Dies, Morgan Beasley, McKenzie Sullivan, Allison Evetts, Maranda Ray, Payton Adams, Leah Johnson, Katie Woosley, Ashlyn Carter and Claudia Johns.
During the four day camp, the MCJH cheerleaders were recognized as a team by receiving an excellent ribbon and three superior ribbons during their camp cheer and chant evaluations. They were also awarded two technical excellence certificates which were awarded for displaying superior skills in stunting during their evaluations.
On the final day, the cheerleaders received a spirit stick, and the S.P.O.T. award which is earned by a team that uses safety while stunting, spotting and displays proper stunt technique.
They also received the Herkie TEAM Award which was named after the founder, L.R. Herkimer, and awarded to squads who exemplify the qualities upon which NCA was founded. These qualities are leadership, values, and teamwork.
This award allows the cheerleaders the opportunity to travel to Miami, Florida and perform in the pre-game festivities of the Orange Bowl. They also have the opportunity to travel to Oahu, Hawaii during Thanksgiving to give a halftime performance at a University of Hawaii football game.
The cheerleaders hard work paid off at camp by receiving a bid to nationals. This tremendous accomplishment is awarded to the team Bid Winner exemplifying the best technical skill and cheerleading technique.
This bid is extended to teams allowing them the opportunity to compete at the NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship held on December 28th and 29th in Dallas, Texas.
The NCA Championships are the world's largest cheerleading events, bringing in over 20,000 of the nation's cheerleaders for the nation's most exciting cheerleading competitions.
The Macon County Junior High cheerleading squad is made up of thirteen 7th and 8th graders. The cheerleaders are coached by Monica Wilkerson.