By KAROLYN GEPHART
Both the Friendswood High School mascots and 21 cheerleaders competed and were named All American by the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) this summer.
The four students who serve as Mighty, the FHS mascot competed at the NCA Mascot Camp at Moody Gardens in Galveston recently. All four were selected by NCA as All American.
The four include Andrea Beasley, Karley Waters, Brittany Harris and apprentice Haley Permenter.
NCA also selected 21 FHS cheerleaders as All American.
The FHS Cheerleaders recently returned from the NCA Innovative Speed Camp at The Woodlands.
At camp, the team focused on advancing their stunting, pyramid and tumbling skills and were taught by highly trained professionals in the nation, according to FHS sponsor/coach Kerry Yee.
“From hard work comes great rewards and we are proud to announce that 21 FHS Cheerleaders were selected as All-Americans,” Yee said.
Varsity All-Americans include Grace Rollen, Katie Thompson, Katie Mulloy, Sarah Blair, Mallory Ferazzi, Lauren Schrock, Rachel Epperson, Taylor Jeter, Macie Robertson, Gracie Ruiz, Breely Swientonioski, and Madison Stephens.
JV All-Americans include Allison Leighton, Lauren Morrow, Erin Speed, Olivia Weber, Kenzie Muecke, Savannah Perry, and Alex Gibson.
Freshman All-Americans are Riley Brezina and Riley Heslin.
The National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) was established as a way to bring cheerleaders together to learn new skills. From 1949 on the NCA held summer camps, and is credited with the invention of the herkie jump, the pom pom and being the first uniform manufacturer.