Mr. Speaker, as the college and high school basketball seasons move into high gear, we pause for a moment to give praise to one group closely associated with the sport of round ball which is often overlooked, namely the cheerleaders. These dedicated young people contribute much to the joy and enthusiasm which exists at our Nation's high school and college basketball games, as well as many other sporting events.
Of course, everyone knows that North Carolina is a basketball hotbed. We are proud of the level of basketball skills exhibited at the high school and college levels and that includes our cheerleaders. We think they are the best. Now, we have proof that the Sixth District of North Carolina is home to the best cheerleaders in our State.
The members of the Ledford High School varsity cheerleading team were declared State champs recently in the North Carolina State 2A cheerleading championships. The Davidson County high school squad, coached by Debbie Pope, won the State title which was sponsored by the North Carolina Cheerleading Coaches Association and recognized by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
The Panthers' cheerleading squad is comprised of team captains Heather Pitts and Courtney Troutman, as well as Shannon Montgomery, Chrissy Ayers, Lauren Garner, Leslie Varner, Kellie Jackson, Ashley Craven, April Kindred, Brittany Yountz, Mellisa Quinn, and Alicia Belle.
The most recent State championship is not the only trophy captured by the Ledford cheerleaders. The squad won the varsity dance/pom championship at UCA summer camp and the ECA regional championship in the varsity division. Ledford was also invited to the ECA Nationals. Three team members were selected as all-stars at UCA summer camp, and Chrissy Ayers was chosen to be a member of the West squad for the N.C. East/West All-State Cheerleading Team.
For winning this title, we offer our congratulations to Ledford principal Max Cole, athletic director Gary Hinkle, Coach Debbie Pope, the faculty, staff, students and families of Ledford High School. We are certain that the whole community is sharing in the excitement.
So, if you attend a sporting event at Ledford High School anytime soon, take special notice of the cheerleaders because they are State champions. From the citizens of the Sixth District of North Carolina, three cheers to the Ledford High School Varsity Cheerleading Team.
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