One of Bullard Independent School District’s most spirited student organizations recently returned home from taking on the tough competition at a summer camp event, resulting in the capturing of numerous awards, as well as team and individual accolades.
The Bullard Middle School cheerleading squad, under the direction of sponsors Angie McClure and Megan Dublin, received a total of six awards after attending the Universal Cheerleading Association’s cheer camp, held Tuesday through Friday, July 18-21, at the Texas A&M University – College Station campus.
“Mrs. Dublin and I are so proud of these girls, said McClure. “They worked very hard each day at camp and their accomplishments really showed their hard work. This is a great group of girls who really grew as a team during their time together at camp.”
Members of the 2017-2018 BMS cheerleading squad include seventh graders Bailey Bunn, Elise Ellis, Sayler Flores, Ashlynn Hines, Maddi Majors, mascot McKenna Meador, Emerson Moore, Camryn Stringfield, Lexi Walsworth, Lily Welch, and Zoie Zahirniak; and eight grade members Anna Blankenship, mascot Berlyn Grossman, Brooke Hamby, Kayleigh Hill, Hannah Medders, Josie McClure, Kaylee Paul, Bailey Sessions, Ally Wheeler, Jaylynn Wildt, and Maycie Yates.
At the camp, the squad achieved the high recognition of First Place Freshman and Below – Overall Game Day, as well as Fist Place Freshman and Below – Cheer, and Second Place Freshman and Below – Xtreme Routine.
The BMS cheerleading squad also broght back a total of four individual awards from the camp, including Grossman, honored with the Propmaster Award; Ellis and Stringfield, awarded the coveted All-American Cheerleader designation, and Paul, recognized as a Pin It Forward recipient.
McClure said with the awards from the camp in hand, the spotlight is shining bright on the BMS cheerleading program.
“I really think the awards showcase what our cheerleaders actually do to prepare for the year,” said McClure. “We don’t just prepare to cheer on the sidelines. The girls learn dance routines that incorporate cheer stunts, jumps, and tumbling to use at pep rallies and on the field, they participate in team building activities, and have the opportunity to receive feedback from a private coach daily. During camp, our mascots attend a mascot camp where they learn all about being a mascot. Not only did we bring home awards, we also came back with a lot of material to use as we cheer on the Panthers throughout the year.”
The BMS cheerleading squad performs at each of the BMS campus’s pep rally events, as well as at middle school football games.