Three cheers for Tornado cheerleaders

The 2012-2013 Anoka varsity cheerleaders attended the UCA cheer camp at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd July 25-29 and took home many top awards.

Anoka’s cheer team came home from cheer camp to the cheers of fans celebrating the team’s many victories. Pictured here are Sarah Gilmer, Brooke Hache, Andrea Gorecki, Megan Fischer, Melissa White, Nikki Wahl, Keely Frisvold, Merci VanBruggen, Allison Griffith, Brittany Hlavka, Zoe Schaefer, Jorie Fulton, manager Courtney Jones, Laura Alean, Rowan Simonet, Taylor Yeager, Chioma Uwagwu, Mikayla Minikus, Nikki Hanley and Teagen Steffen. Not pictured are Brooklynn Nicholls, Brittany Shields, Kayla Sund and Cassie Zezulk. Coaches are Kim Heckmann, Lindsay Murray and Brittany Milless. Photo courtesy of Kim Heckmann

Anoka’s cheer team came home from cheer camp to the cheers of fans celebrating the team’s many victories. Pictured here are Sarah Gilmer, Brooke Hache, Andrea Gorecki, Megan Fischer, Melissa White, Nikki Wahl, Keely Frisvold, Merci VanBruggen, Allison Griffith, Brittany Hlavka, Zoe Schaefer, Jorie Fulton, manager Courtney Jones, Laura Alean, Rowan Simonet, Taylor Yeager, Chioma Uwagwu, Mikayla Minikus, Nikki Hanley and Teagen Steffen. Not pictured are Brooklynn Nicholls, Brittany Shields, Kayla Sund and Cassie Zezulk. Coaches are Kim Heckmann, Lindsay Murray and Brittany Milless. Photo courtesy of Kim Heckmann

Teammates Brooke Hache and Melissa White won the Pin it Forward award for the second year in a row. This award is given in recognition of those who promote leadership, spirit, commitment and kindness. UCA staff and some 300 other cheer campers chose Brooke and Melissa to receive the award.

Not only that, Brooke, Melissa and Andrea Gorecki made up a cheersome threesome and were named members of the Elite National All-American team.

As members of that team, the trio has received an invitation to tour in London, England, and participate in the holiday parade there this winter.

For the third year in a row, Anoka’s cheer team won a first-place trophy and an invitation to appear in the 2013 Capitol One Bowl Performance in Orlando, Fla. This year, the Tornado cheerleaders’ performance of Home Town Routine put them on the top of the heap for that competition.

Anoka Tornado cheerleaders also won three gold superior ribbons, five first-place superior ribbons and one second-place excellent ribbon for their sideline cheer, dance and stunt routines.

The team was also awarded four daily consecutive spirit sticks given to teams demonstrating teamwork during classes, following UCA camp rules, reporting on time daily and participating in all aspects of camp with positive attitudes.

Finally, for the fifth consecutive year Anoka took home The Top Banana, a prize awarded to the team that shows the most spirit and enthusiasm throughout the duration of the camp.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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