INSIDE LOOK: State Cheerleading Championships 2012
The WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires State Cheerleading Championships 2012
Comcast Arena at Everett | Everett, Wash.
The WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires State Cheerleading Championships and Salute to Spirit presented by Farmers Insurance will take over the Comcast Arena at Everett for the fourth consecutive year this Saturday Feb. 4.
Salute to Spirit, a premier high school dance/drill showcase entering its seventh year of action, kicks off the day at 10:30 a.m. There will be ten routines performed by high school dance and drill teams from around the state.
State Cheerleading follows Salute to Spirit with a 2 p.m. scheduled start time. With over 50 squads, this year could witness the highest number of high schools represented at the State Cheerleading tournament to date. State Cheer is broken down into the following categories: Varsity Small, Varsity Medium, Varsity Large, Coed, and Non-Tumbling. Video coverage of the State Cheerleading Championships can be viewed for free on the WIAA Network at www.wiaanetwork.com.
The State Cheerleading Tournament Manager for the third consecutive year is Pam Headridge. This year’s head judge is Anne Taylor who was also head judge in 2010. Andrea Snyder is the judges’ coordinator for the fourth-straight year. The tournament announcer, Adolfo Capestany, has been the voice of State Cheerleading all six years that the event has been hosted by the WIAA. Capestany also announces for the WIAA at State Football, State Volleyball, and in March at State Dance/Drill.
“Snyder and Capestany pull off the event because they know that it is all about the athletes,” Headridge said of her team of leaders. “Besides executing their jobs well, Snyder and Capestany, as well as Taylor all give their personal, positive touches by talking to the coaches and student participants throughout the day.”
Just as the event staff is united, so are the student participants during the Grand March of Team, the culminating celebration where all participants walk around the floor of the darkened arena hand-in-hand with glow-in-the-dark attire. For fans and competitors it is an exciting point of the event because the teams come together as one in celebration of making it to the state championship.
“It is a time of celebration and a very emotional moment in the day,” Headridge commented on the closing ceremony. It is all a part of the teams’ unforgettable championship experience.
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