Cheer finishes near top of the pyramid at UIL


Courtney Benson

In its first year competing in the UIL Spirit State Championships, the Redhawks finished in 18th place out of 55 5A Division 1 teams. The competition took place Jan. 17-19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

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The school’s cheer squad made their first ever appearance at the annual UIL Spirit Competition Jan. 17-19 in Fort Worth, with the 24 member squad of cheerleaders from all grade levels advancing to the finals.

“It is rare that a team makes it to the finals in their first year performing in this competition, which makes this year’s performance a very impressive accomplishment,” assistant cheer coach Courtney Benson said via email. “Coach [Kandy] Stevens and I are super proud of everyone on this squad.”

Redhawk cheer finished 18th in 5A Division 1 with only 20 teams advancing to the final round, leading to a memorable feat for senior cheer squad member Peyton Leonard.

“It was a great experience and I’m happy I got to spend it with my team,” Leonard said. “A lot of the other teams that were there had been practicing since last March, and we had just started practicing a little over two months ago, which was quite intimidating.  For a lot of girls on the team this was their first competition style of cheer, but everyone held their ground and did their best which I am very proud of.”