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.
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.
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