Hutchinson Community College’s cheerleaders had a chance to compete Region 6 Cheer and Dance Championship, two weekends ago in Salina.
It was a big event for the teams, as cheer competitions like this are rare.
“We only compete at the one competition. Some of the other teams compete at more competition each year,” said cheer coach Holli Rowe.
Every year, three judges are hired for cheer and three judges are hired for dance. The teams then do their routines, and the judges give their scores. Only Region 6 cheer and dance teams compete at this competition.
HutchCC cheer squad end up placing second, right behind Garden City, who took first.
Sophomore Laurelle Augustine, who is a cheer captain along with sophomore Tristin Padgett, said she thought the cheer team did well enough to win the competition. Yet, Augustine said she was proud of the squad.
“We had so many people quit on us this year, and we had to change the routine so many times,” Augustine said.
The dance team finished fifth in the team routine and second in hip-hop. The team also had two individual competitors, as Aubrey Myers came in fourth and Jasmine Merrell was second.