cheerleaders

The Smoky Mountain Competition Cheer Club took part in The Cheer Movement, sponsored by Spirit Brands, held Saturday at the Rocky Top Sports Complex in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. More than 40 teams from North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama attended. The Senior Sapphires won the Senior 3.1 Performance Rec Division and had no deductions on their routine. The Junior Diamonds won the Junior Level 1 Performance Rec Division and were crowned Grand Champions of the entire Rec Division. They were one of two teams to receive a full-paid bid to attend the North American Spirit Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama in April. The team will be traveling to Winston-Salem on Saturday and Asheville on Feb. 29. Team members include, from left: (first row) Aubree Bradley, Gracie Buck, Ahlexis Coggins, Khylee Harrison, Shayla Dewantara, Zayda Dewantara, Kyleigh Winchester; (second row) Miley Holder, Emily Schmit, Jolie Davis, Norah Dunlap, Shandi Ward, Aubrey McKeever, Sarah Cook; (third row) Cassin Mathis, Carisa Tilley, Samantha Tilley, Sierra Kreis, Emily Hopkins, Autumn Coggins, Haley Welch; (fourth row) Taylor Broom, Kendra Hall and Ashley Clark.