From camps and awards to community events, the Melissa High School cheerleading program had a busy summer.
In early June, the cheerleaders attended cheer camp hosted by the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) at Texas Christian University, where both the varsity and JV squads were awarded “top team” awards, qualifying them for a bid to perform at Nationals in February.
After returning from camp, the cheerleaders participated in a ribbon cutting at Melissa Dental and Orthodontics, and later performed in the opening ceremonies for the week-long Don Mattingly World Series baseball tournament at the Z-Plex Texas Sports Village.
The cheer program’s biggest event of the year followed with Mini Cheer Camp, the annual Cardinal summer camp for students entering Kindergarten through 6th grade who have an interest in cheerleading. Over 130 young cheerleaders participated – the largest turnout in the history of Melissa’s Mini Cheer Camp.
During the four-day camp, the high school cheerleaders taught the campers dances, chants, and jumps, and practiced stunts and tumbling. The campers and the high school cheer squads will perform together at the community pep rally on Sept. 4, as part of the Melissa Homecoming Celebration.
As pre-season prep began for fall sports, the cheerleaders switched gears and made an effort to support their fellow athletes practicing in the Texas heat. The squads delivered popsicles to football, volleyball, and band following their afternoon practices.
To close out the summer, the cheerleaders attended the Freshman Frenzy to greet incoming freshmen and introduce them to their new school. A visit to the Melissa Public Library followed for the City’s back-to-school reading event, where the cheerleaders greeted community members and read books to kids.
“We had such a fun and fulfilling summer, and we are so excited for the things in store for the upcoming school year,” shared Alex Whorton, assistant coach. “There is no better place to be than on Team Melissa.”
Maddie Coe, Director of Communications