Addison Pho is a freshman on the varsity cheerleading team at Strawberry Crest High School and also a part of an all star team, Brandon Senior Black. Addison really lives by the idea that you can make every aspect of your life a priority and not have to sacrifice one area in order to be successful in another. She shows that by not only dominating in her athletic career, but in academics as well. The majority of her classes are AP & Honors and she just finished her semester with almost all of her classes 100% or higher, giving her a 4.5 GPA. Addison was also recognized for her leadership with the “Heart of Grizzly” award. This is an award that is given to one person each year that displays leadership, educational excellence, and serving the community.
Willow Mae Martinez is a student, athlete, & musician. She currently is a junior at Anderson County High School and a part of her varsity cheer team. Willow became a cheerleader when she was just three years old and hasn’t looked back since. Through cheerleading, she recently was given the exciting opportunity to become a published author as a Junior Correspondent for Inside Cheerleading Magazine. The sport has also given her multiple opportunities to give back to her community through volunteering to help her Rec-League cheer programs. Willow has always pushed herself to be the best athlete she can be, but she also does the same when it comes to her studies. She has been able to maintain a 4.2 GPA while 75% of her core-class schedule comes from college-level courses. She is an active member in Student Government, National Honors Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Leo Club, and Youth Leadership. While most of her time is spent in the classroom and on the mat, she always makes room for her favorite hobby, music! She is a self-taught musician when it comes to acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, and piano. She also really enjoys singing along when she plays at local venues and restaurants, as well as every week at church. She gets to tie her love for cheerleading and music together sometimes when she plays the National Anthem on her electric guitar before games she cheers at.
Bailey Thompson is a senior at Owasso High School in Owasso, OK. She is on the varsity cheer team for the fourth year in a row. Bailey has been a dedicated cheerleader for more than 9 years where she has accomplished being a 6-time Oklahoma 6A State Champion, 3-Time UCA All-American, NCA All-American, and an Oklahoma Stunt State Champion. While also being a school competitive cheerleader, she competed on the all star team Twist and Shout Diamonds. Academically, she has maintained a 3.9 GPA while gaining college credit hours. She is an active member of the National Honor Society and National Tech Honor Society. She hopes to pursue a career in photography in marketing while hopefully cheering at the next level in college.
Avah DeVoe is a Junior on her Varsity cheer team at Goshen High School. She has been cheering competitively since she was seven years old at Indiana Ultimate. With her all star team, Insanity, she won worlds in 2019! While cheering for her school and all star team, she also plays soccer, runs track, and is a part of the diving team. With each of these sports, she has many accolades including NLC Champion and 2x Regional Qualifier in long jump, MVP award for cheer, 3x Best Backspot Award, NLC Champion in soccer, and Sectional Finalist for diving. She also attended the Nfinity College Combine and received a 5-star rating, ranking 2nd among her class. Avah doesn’t stop at being a star athlete, she also focuses strongly on her academics and serving her community. She coaches a cheerleading team and instructs tumbling at her all star gym. She has maintained Honor Roll status while taking all Honors classes and dual credit classes. She has been recognized for her achievements by being a 16x Scholar Athlete Award recipient.
Sadé Ezekiel is a fourteen-year-old sophomore, who attends Lambert High School in Suwanee, GA. This is her tenth year cheering and second year cheering for her school. She also cheers competitively with the Stingray Allstars on team Lavender, International All-Girl Level-6. In 2021, her Senior All-Girl Level-5 team placed second at the Summit Championship. Cheerleading and tumbling continue to challenge her to become a more resolute student-athlete, constantly aiming to excel in sports & academics. Sadé is also a current varsity track & field sprinter and a 4x100m Regional & County Champion. She holds school records for the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 20 yd dash. She was recently recognized as a Lambert Triple Crown Athlete - a prestigious award for Lambert athletes completing 100 hours of service and lettering in sports & academics. Through all of this, she maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking AP classes, being a member of the National Beta Club, and enjoying community service & spending time with friends and family. Her motto is working hard with consistency yields success!
Josey Dickerson is a senior at Niceville High School where she has been cheering for five years. Josey got her start in cheerleading through her soccer career. During her 10 years of playing soccer, she wanted to learn a “back flip” to use as a celebration after she scored a goal. She worked tirelessly for months, but eventually she mastered the skill. That’s where one thing lead to another and she decided to try out for her school’s cheer team. After she joined the team, they won state 2 times and nationals. She also became the 2020 Cheerleader of the Year. Just like she worked for her back flip, she also put a lot of effort into her academics. She has maintained a 4.5 GPA, started a STEM club, became an AP Scholar, got a 33 on her ACT, and a 1450 on the SAT.
Samuel Armstrong is a junior at North Stafford High School where he cheers for his Varsity school team. Samuel has always been active in many sports. In 7th grade, he found a passion for performing for a crowd. This is where he began acting in plays and joined a dance team. His very first dance competition he received 3rd place. Once he got to high school, he became the lead in his school play. The play was about cheerleading, so he got to work with the cheer coach and learn the different aspects of the sport. This is where he got his first start in cheer. He decided to go in his backyard and teach himself how to tumble and do motions. In 11th grade, he tried out for his team and successfully made it after hard work and determination. He used his first season to hone his skills and by the end, his team placed 3rd at Regionals. He was also recognized for being the “most improved tumbler.” Now he maintains a 3.2 GPA and is a part of his Varsity cheer team due to his own self-determination and perseverance.
Ellie Mai is a senior at Cherokee High School where she competes in cheer, track & field, and gymnastics. She is a 3 sport Varsity letterman at her school and has helped her teams to qualify for region & state competitively. She has been on the Varsity cheer team for four years and also volunteers as a coach with the junior warrior program. She has earned her letter from Alpha Gamma Service Club. She is currently a student intern with the sports marketing company, Score Atlanta, which services Georgia High School events. She also takes pride in being the youngest member of the Galvanize Women in Sports Community founded by Laura Okmin. Academically, she has maintained a 3.8 GPA while also being a full-time dual enrolled college student.
Grace Galvan is a senior Varsity cheer captain at China Spring High School. She is also a member of the track & field team as well as being a four-year letterman for the China Spring band and wind ensemble, where she plays the bass clarinet and participates in the award-winning Cougar Marching Band. In her free time, she is an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa International College Honor Society, Cougars in Action, FCA leadership team, & mentors young students. She has also volunteered more than 300 hours! With her busy schedule, she still manages to excel academically with a GPA of 4.156 while taking all AP, Honors, and dual college credit courses.
Rylea Fields is a senior at Grace Preparatory Academy where she is the Captain of her competition cheer team. She also cheers competitively for Spirit of Texas on Royalty. From age 5 to 17 she competed as a gymnast, winning many awards. She stays involved by being a member of the National Honors Society, Student Council, and she is an Honor Roll student. Rylea believes athleticism is important, but character is everything. She proved that in 2019 when she went completely blind for 2 months due to optic neuropathy and continued to compete in cheerleading & gymnastics and maintain her honor roll status in school. When she isn’t in the gym or at school, she is busy serving her community. She has won 5 Presidential Volunteer Service Points of Light Awards. In 2019, she was one of 12 in the state of Texas to be recognized as a Distinguished Finalist for the Prudential Spirit Community Award. She is also the youngest recipient of the Mansfield Masonic Lodge Community Builder Award. In 2nd grade, she started “Rylea’s Ribbons,” where she makes hair bows to benefit various non-profits. She also is Princess Aurora for a little girl with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. She serves as Registration Chair for North texas Angel’s Pagenat, an organization that serves those with special needs. She says, “Always shine and let shine and lift as you climb!”
Livvy Lightholder is a 4 year Varsity cheerleader for the Webb School of Knoxville where this year she serves as the Senior Captain. She has cheered competitively for 8 years for her all star team Premier Athletics Jaws. Here she was honored by her gym to be selected to be a representative to the USASF Leadership Conference. Cheer is one of her biggest passions. She enjoys being able to share that passion by coaching several youth teams. While cheer is her passion, her academics are what’s most important to her. She eventually hopes to enter the medical profession and work in a NICU. The end of her Junior year she achieved a 4.69 GPA. She also is an active member of the National Honors Society, National Hispanics Honor Society, and an AP Scholar. She spends her free time in Young Life at her church and volunteering.
MayMay Trotter is a senior at Fairhope High School where she is the cheer captain for her Varsity cheer team. She has been involved in cheerleading for 11 years doing all star teams as well. She showed her dedication by driving four hours each way to her all star practices so she could be on her dream team. She is also a 2x Nfinity Legend and UCA All-American. Academically, she has a 4.3 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Outside of school and cheer, she coaches a level 3 cheerleading team at a local all star gym. Her goal is to hopefully be able to cheer on the sidelines in college!
Peter Samuelson is a junior at Cornwall Central High School and found his passion for cheerleading a little over 3 years ago. While he’s only been a part of this sport for a short while, his achievements say otherwise. He is a 2021 NCA All-American and a Topgun Tumbling champion. He was a NYS Section 9 champion in 2019 and was the New York High Honor Roll Scholar Athlete award winner. Outside of sports, Peter is very musical. He participates in his school's chamber choir and is a 2-time member of the NYSSMA all county choral group. Peter also excels in other sports including swimming & diving. He placed 3rd in the country and top 50 in the state in 2017 and 2018. In his spare time, he is very involved with his community, helping the people who have supported him for so long. He is super ambassador for Be-A-Friend anti-bullying organization and started a Cancer Kids 1st Chapter. Academically, he has stayed on the deans’ list for 4 years and maintained a 3.8 GPA. All these dynamics have brought Peter to where he is today, and he is so excited to start this new journey!
Rian Hanson is a senior at Lakewood Ranch High School and is a four-year varsity cheer competition team member as well as a cheerleader for her school’s football and basketball teams. She is a two-time UCA All-American as well as a Pin it Forward recipient. She has won VIP honors in addition to Best Tumbler and Best Jumper awards. On her all star team, Brandon Senior Black, she won silver at the 2019 Cheerleading Worlds. Academically, Rian excels in every aspect. She is ranked 13th out of 592 in her graduating class. She has earned an A in every single class she has taken and currently has a 4.5 GPA. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction, an honor bestowed by the College Board for her test results which include achieving the highest score of 5 on several AP exams. With a superscore of 1550 on the SAT and a 34 on the ACT, she places above the 99th percentile nationally among test takers. She is also a Florida Academic Scholar based on her GPA, standardized test scores, and community service. She also serves her community and was a recipient of the prestigious 2021 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award for those efforts.
Eliza LaBelle is a junior at Clay High School where she has been on the Varsity cheer team for 3 years and is now one of 3 captains. She has been cheering for 10 years and has many achievements to show for it. Among a few National Titles, she has won the Summit in 2017, the Cheerleading Worlds in 2019, and Triple Crown in 2021 with her all star team Infinity Allstars. Her school team placed 5th last year at UCA Nationals and she was also chosen to be on the cheerleading All County First Team for Clay County. Cheerleading is her biggest passion, when she’s not doing school work she prefers to be in the gym honing new skills. In addition to competing for her school cheerleading team and all star, she runs track and pole vault. Academically she stays at the top of her game maintaining a 4.4 GPA and taking dual enrollment classes with her local college. She is involved in National Junior Honors Society and the Beta club and has also won first place in environmental engineering at the 2021 County Science Fair.
Blakely Monte is a Freshman and second year member of the Russell Red Devils Varsity Cheer Team. She has been cheering since she can remember and attended her first cheer camp at six weeks old. She is a 2021 KHSAA State Runner Up, 2018 UCA National Champion and placed 6th in 2021 and 4th place with her middle school in 2020. Blakely enjoys playing the guitar and violin in the RHS Orchestra, holds Office in the Student Government, is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, BETA CLUB, Honor Roll, French Club, and Science Olympiad. She enjoys leading praise and worship at church and was a member of the teen "Emphasis Choir" and did mission work with this group. Other honors include Kiwanis and Homecoming Court, Orchestra Solo and Ensemble, and Choir All District. She is a tumbling instructor at River Cities Performance Academy.
Katherine Kiesling, or “Kat” as her friends call her, is a cheerleader on the Varsity squad at Flower Mound High School. She has been cheering for 9 years and is also a part of an all star team, Cheer Athletics Cheetahs. Some of her accomplishments include FMHS Cheerleader of the Year, Best All Around “Top Cat,” Best Jumps, 4x Camp Champ, and Best Attitude. Academically, Kat has maintained a 4.5 GPA while being an Honors & AP student. She has been a recipient of the President’s Education and Academic Excellence awards. She is an active member of Future Medical Leaders, Student Council, and Circle of Friends.
Eve Hayes is a junior at Mount Juliet High School where she is a member of the Varsity cheer team. She has been cheering since she was 5 years old and reached a level 5 skill set at just 10 years old. She started competing on a worlds level team at 12 years of age. One of her many accomplishments is receiving the award for “Tennessee’s Perfect Cheerleader.” She is also the Stunt Stand spokesperson for the state of Tennessee. Academically, she has maintained an a-b honor roll throughout her busy schedule and a 3.5 GPA.
Brayden Merrill is a senior at Bartow High School where he has been on the Varsity cheerleading team for four years. The Bartow cheerleading team is best known for their success on the competition mat. Brayden has helped his team to 2 State Championships, 2 National Championships, and 2 World Championships. While being heavily involved in his cheer teams success, Brayden has maintained Honor Roll status throughout school. In his free time, he pursues serving his community. Currently, he has earned over 200 community service hours and is actively pursuing more.
Anna Smith is a Sophomore from Brentwood Academy and currently cheers on her Varsity cheer team as well as Premier Athletics, a local all star team. Anna stays busy by not only cheering for two teams, but also being a State and Regional qualifier in swim, dive, and track. Academically, she maintains Honor Roll status while taking all Honors and AP classes. She received Maxima Cum Laude honors on the National Latin Exam and also is an active member in Model United Nations and Youth in Government.