The Pioneer cheer squad took part in the first-ever Winter Warm-Up Cheer Festival at Shawnee Mission West High School on Saturday, November 7th. Other schools in attendance included Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission North, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee Mission West, and Blue Valley Northwest.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association classifies cheerleading as a non-competition activity. As a result, participants receive festival ratings like those received by band and choir. The LV squad performance received a 2 Excellent rating. The team received the judges’ award for Outstanding Jumps.
In the small-group performances, the co-ed stunt team of Andrew Uselton and Natali Young received a 1 Superior rating. The stunt groups of Julie Shearman, Megan Hadley, Christy Wiley, and Andrew Uselton, as well as Nikki Shifflett, Taylor Rich, Kalei Terlaje, and Michael Herrell also received 1 Superior ratings. Finally, newcomers Madison Davis, Katie Drake, LeAnne Starnes, and Issac Villarreal received a 2 Excellent rating. Many parents and friends were in attendance to celebrate the squad’s success.