Coming into the 2021 school year, the McAlester High School varsity cheer squad led by coach Jarah Atkins is not only excited to enter the new season, they are also ready to get into competition mode. The 12 members of the McAlester cheer squad rocked it in every event as the energetic Buffs proved to be the “Best of the Best” at the National Cheerleader Association’s cheer camp held on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman.
“Our squad was setting the standard of excellence. On day two, all 12 members of our team were nominated for All-American honors. I’ve never had that happen. Believe me our girls were outstanding,” said coach Atkins.
McAlester cheerleaders Lexi Watts, Brynlee Ham, Alyssa Loudermilk and Ava Thomas were named to the All-American team. The group received Superior ribbons on every routine including band chant, team cheer and chant. Altogether, McAlester cheerleaders brought home a trophy case full of honors including, Top Team Cheer, Top All Around Team- “Herkie” award, Stunt Safe Award, Nationals bid for 2022, Technical Excellence in Choreography, and Technical Excellence in Prop Incorporation.
The 2021-22 McAlester Varsity Cheer Team