A busy and exciting weekend in Dallas awaits the Lufkin High School cheerleaders as their team has been selected to compete at one of the nation’s most prestigious cheerleading competitions, NCA High School Nationals, produced by National Cheerleaders Association (NCA).

The NCA High School Nationals will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on January 22-23. All teams invited to perform at the championship received eligibility at a Varsity Spirit Camp in 2021. Teams were credentialed in cheer safety and leadership training, endorsed by the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS), as well as in the areas of crowd leading, spirit-raising, ambassadorship, athleticism, and entertainment.

“We are excited to again host safe, in-person events where teams from across the country can earn the opportunity to compete at NCA High School Nationals,” said Bill Seely, President of Varsity Spirit.

“These incredible athletes spend over 90% of their time focused on building engagement in their schools, and they’ve learned to navigate that in new and innovative ways in the last eighteen months. We are thrilled to be able to produce a world-class event where we can recognize and reward these incredible young people for their contribution to their schools and communities, dedication, and talent,” said Seely.

Squad members will travel as a team to Dallas, TX to compete in the Large Intermediate Performance Division where they will demonstrate school pride and athleticism on the competition floor.

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“After two difficult school years and not being able to compete as normal, our athletes are hungry for an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and represent Lufkin High School. The LHS Cheerleaders balance a busy schedule supporting and cheering at nearly all the high school sporting events and make time for their own competition team practices. This competition will give our cheerleaders an opportunity to show that they are more than just a school spirited-side line team; our athletes are incredibly talented and can compete against the best high schools in Texas. We are Lufkin Panther Proud, and we are ready to put on a show!” says Lufkin HS Head Cheerleading Coach Kirstie Russell.

The team consists of 25 athletes:

  • Jayme Cates
  • Aubrey Lindsey
  • CiNya Berry
  • Desirae Giles
  • Madelyn Boudreaux
  • Madison Durant
  • Lexie Foley
  • Emily Meshell
  • Tiana Sparks
  • Adisen Massie
  • Chloe Williams
  • Emma Walker
  • Claire Berry
  • Iyonna Card
  • Tania DelaTorre
  • Analicia Enriquez
  • Mattie Nicholson
  • Abagail Morton
  • Branya Pennington
  • Danica Barrera
  • Analise DelToro
  • Lendsey Ortega
  • MaKenzi Delaney
  • Reagan McDonald
  • Alexis Pelletier


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