Coon Rapids cheerleaders to compete in Florida

Coon Rapids High School’s competition cheerleading team has earned a trip to Florida.

The Coon Rapids High School competition cheerleading team will be competing at the UCA Cheerleading Nationals in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 9-10, 2013.

The Coon Rapids High School competition cheerleading team will be competing at the UCA Cheerleading Nationals in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 9-10, 2013.

The cheerleaders took first place in the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) 10,000 Lakes Regional competition in Minnetonka to qualify for the UCA Cheerleading Nationals in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 9-10, 2013.

“We have a team composed of 16 young women who excel in cheerleading, dance and gymnastics,” said Head Coach Jaclyn Schuldt.

The first place the cheerleaders earned at the UCA 10,000 Lakes Regionals was of two they have won to date this competition season.

The other was at the Lakeville North Panther Invitational.

In fact, the team has only entered two competitions so far this season, according to Schuldt said.

In addition, the Coon Rapids High School team performed, but did not compete at the fall preview at Elk River High School.

Future competitions are at Plainview Elgin Millville High School, Champlin Park High School, White Bear Lake High School, Apple Valley High School, Totino Grace High School and at state, Schuldt said.

The cheerleaders will also perform at the school’s competition at Coon Rapids High School Jan. 19, 2013.

According to Schuldt, the squad was picked following try-outs last spring, the top 16 making the team.

“The girls practice three times a week,” Schuldt said.

“Their practice consist of tumbling, cheerleading, weight lifting and dance.”

The girls are also required to volunteer 10-plus hours of their time to the community and keep up their grades, Schuldt said.

Team members are Jobie Schuldt (captain), Tori Kezar (captain), Abby Jones, Abbey Larson, Angela Parker, Haley Guthmiller, Hailea Hoium, Nicole Murto, Kaleigh Cleveland, Nyssa Johnson, Kiki Mujaheed, Katie Weinmeyer, Mari Schmitz, Jacqui Larson, Lauryn Welf and Michelle Mattson.

According to Schuldt, the team has started to seek donations to help pay for the trip to Orlando.

The UC National High School Cheerleading Championship is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country, according to its website.

It takes place at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando and is nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to over 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide each year.

Universal Cheerleaders Association was founded in 1974.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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