NEWS: Law Students Win National Cheer Championship
By Kayla Patrick – Sports Editor
Three students from Law recently helped their team win the Summit Championships in the All-Star Cheerleading League.
Senior Darby Hudd, sophomore Megan Mower, and freshman Stella Patrick contributed to their Spirit All-Star Sapphires team win the international competition in Orlando, Florida.
Summit Championships are held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Disney World where teams practice and compete.
Throughout their trip, the girls got to spend time watching other teams and spent a lot of time team bonding in parks and at the resort.
“I really enjoyed the team bonding we had in the parks and going on the rides,” Hudd said. “It was also nice to enjoy Disney as a vacation with my family after the competition.”
The girls participated in many competitions throughout the year and did well enough to earn a bid at Summit.
“Receiving our bid was an awesome feeling,” Mower said. “That’s what we worked for and after we got that chance we had to work even harder to do well at Summit.”
The Summit competition consisted of being judged on two different days. In order to make it to the finals on Day 2, the team has to be in the Top 5 after the Day 1 series.
“I thought all the teams were very strong and the competition would be evenly matched,” Patrick said.
During Day 1, the Sapphires competed against nine other teams. On Day 2, the team competed against the other Top 5 teams and won first place at the awards ceremony.
“Hearing our names called as first was like no other experience,” Hudd said. “Knowing all of our hard work paid off really made winning with my team worth it.”
The team received a large “National Winner” banner and each team member received a smaller personal banner and a championship ring.
The team competed in six competitions throughout the year. The team practices three times a week year round perfecting their routine.
The Spirit Zone All-Stars gym is located in Hamden, CT. The gym coaches a dozen teams of all levels and ages.