By Carol Mills
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The East Bernstadt Independent Schools’ elementary cheerleaders will be headed to nationals in Florida in February.
The team went to the Bluegrass Regionals at Rupp Arena in Lexington on November 10 and won first place. On December 1, they went to Sevierville, Tenn., to the Smoky Mountain Christmas Championship and also won first place.
“At both of those competitions, we got a bid to attend the UCA’s Nationals (Universal Cheerleaders Association) in February in Orlando, Fla.," Coach Cristin Adams said. “We will be going; we’re excited.”
Adams said they started on their routine in June. The routine was choreographed by Damar Gymnastics in Lily, where the team takes gymnastic classes.
“We do a 2 and a half minute routine which incorporates jumps, tumbling, stunts, cheers, and pyramids,” Adams said.
The squad also performed exhibitions at North Laurel Blue Madness in October and North Laurel Give Back Cheer Competition in November.
The squad consists of 19 girls in first through fourth grades.
“I have a middle school team, too, but they don’t compete because there’s not enough of them. Last year I had eight eighth graders who left me. This elementary team is my rebuilding team, to rebuild them back up to have a middle school team.”
The team will be in Lexington this weekend in Jamfest at Rupp Arena, again. Upcoming competitions include North Laurel Cheer Challenge in London on January 12, Middle School State in Richmond on January 19, an exhibition on January 26 at the Clay County Cheer Challenge in Manchester, and the UCA Nationals on February 9 and 10 in Orlando.
The team is coached by Cristin Acciardo Adams and Darrin Spencer.
The squad holds a lot of fundraisers because the trips are expensive. They held a 5K run, a Thanksgiving dinner at the school, a back to school bash at open house, and pictures with Santa. They will be sponsoring a winter ball in January.
“We’ve sold key chains, cook books, about anything that can be sold,” Adams said. “We’ve tried to do a lot of different things. It’s very expensive to go. We’re trying our best to get everything ready.”