Cheerleaders to “Bring It On” at Nationals

Katherine Doyle

National competition in March will put Miramonte cheer team to the test

“We’re doing super cool stunts that we’ve never shown anyone before,” said senior Maddy Karol, a member of the Miramonte Cheer team.

She’s talking about the routine the team is working on for their NCA National competition fast approaching on March 20 in Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park.

Miramonte Cheer has never participated in any competitions, let alone Nationals, until this year, and the girls owe these new competitive opportunities to their coach, Rebecca George.

“She realizes how much we’re capable of,” said senior cheer captain Laura Weston. “She’s really supportive, but pushes us to do our best.”

In fact, Nationals is nothing new for George, also known to the girls as “Big G”: the last cheer team she coached took first at nationals, and the Miramonte squad looks forward to fulfilling her expectations.

“We’re hoping she can do the same with us,” said Weston.

To advance to the National stage, the team either had to qualify during a four-day summer camp in Davis or enter a regional competition. They received their bid for Nationals during the camp, out of about 20 participating teams.

The instructors evaluated the teams’ performances throughout the week to determine if they would contend yet again on the big stage.

The team is excited for the challenge ahead, but it’s a long haul.

“We have the lowest priority [for the gym] because we’re not a sport, so we can get kicked out at anytime,” said Karol.

Without the practice space, the team is hard pressed to perform their routines, so they resort to grueling five-hour Sunday practices to make up for the lost time.

Because they have never competed at Nationals, the girls expect bias from the judges because the have evaluated other teams but don’t know what to expect from Miramonte.
A lot of teams qualify from across the country, but, luckily, teams are broken up into divisions of high school size and whether or not they are coed. Ultimately, the team’s expectations for performance and results will be high.

“We have a lot more stunts, two dance sections, and a cheer,” said Weston. “Our routine is 2 ½ minutes long, and there’s lots of sound effects.”

There’s only one other difference between Nationals and the typical Miramonte rally:

“We have to wear our hair on the top of our heads. It’s really scary,” said Karol.