Twenty-two teams took part in Coon Rapids High School’s second annual Cardinal Cheer Classic competition, which took place in the high school fieldhouse Saturday.
There was competition in several categories as well as exhibition performances by Coon Rapids High School cheerleading squads and the World Taekwondo Academy demonstration team.
Teams represented at the event included Plainview-Elgin-Millville School District, Jam Hops All Stars, White Bear Lake high and middle schools, Bloomington Jefferson Middle School, St. Anthony High School, Cambridge-Isanti High School, St. Ambrose Woodbury Middle School, Kenyon Wanamingo High School, Elk River School District co-ed team and Rochester Shining Stars.
The Shining Stars, the first adaptive cheer team in the state, was organized in 2005 and comprises individuals with special skills and abilities who performed a two-minute choreographed routine incorporating dance, cheer, gymnastics and stunting, according to Jaclyn Schuldt, Coon Rapids High School Cheer Team head coach.
The Shining Stars “are an exceptional team of exceptional athletes,” Schuldt said.
Coon Rapids cheerleading squads performing in exhibition were the high school winter sideline team, Coon Rapids Middle School and the high school varsity competition team.
The competition squad is unbeaten this season and preparing for a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., to compete in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Competition Feb. 9 and 10.
The team will also be competing at the state cheerleading championships Feb. 2.
All teams taking part in the Cardinal Cheer Classic received an award and there was also a grand champion award for the team that scored the most points overall, not just in its division.
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