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By Taylor Lopez. May 6, 2013 - 2:22 pm
After bringing back another medal from the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Championship, the HPU cheer team hopes that this isn’t the their last victory.
The NCA Championship in Daytona, FL was held on April 13, 2013. In order to qualify the stunt team was required to send in a video. The team composed of, Malyssa Barbasa, Amanda Pearson, Genevieve Sell, and Somer Hancok, and only seven other teams were able to participate in winning a National Title.
“I couldn’t be more excited for these 4 young ladies,” said Savanna Sibley the Head Cheer Coach. “They have put so much hard work and dedication into our program and into preparing for this competition. They not only represented our university, but they have represented HPU Cheer in the best way possible. It has been such an honor to coach these ladies.”
The cheer team has encountered problems due to the cut of program funding that occurred last year.
According to Sibley, there has been a lower rate of recruits because they aren’t able to guarantee the team a trip to Nationals.
The cheer team is required to raise a certain amount of money before going on trip to Nationals before they cut the funding, but unfortunately, with the funding cuts the whole team couldn’t afford to go.
“This year has been a great and successful year even without us being able to go to nationals as a team. It has been a lessoned learned year. I appreciate every one of my athletes for their hard work and dedication to HPU Cheer,” said Sibley.
Next semester, Fall 2013, HPU is starting a new program called Acro and Tumbling as well as a team that will attend games and cheer, but it will be non-competitive.
They plan on making it a competitive team composed of thirty females.
Although, this could mean the end of the cheer team, their legacy will still hold true no matter the decision.
“With it being our last time representing HPU Cheer at NCA Nationals, it was the perfect way to move on from our continuing legacy. HPU will always be remembered for their Aloha Spirit at this competition and will continue to be successful no matter what route they choose. Our ‘Ohana sticks together through the thick and thin. Champions never surrender!”
Photo from the cheer teams performance during Intercultural Day by Lulu Lee