Three Warrior cheer athletes named All-American

Three members of the WHS cheer squad were nominated as All-Americans.
Photo By Sterling Davis/Courtesy photo Octavio Diaz, Annie Ramos and Jorge Fernandez (Left to Right) are the Winters High School cheer squads all-Americans of 2019-2020.

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The Winters High School cheer squad attended their summer cheer camp from Monday, July 15 to Wednesday, July 17. During the three days the Warriors held their UCA cheer camp on their home field. At camp the cheer squad learned cheers and dance choreography and worked on mastering stunts. Throughout the camp the squad also worked on their team spirit, which is an important element for a cohesive squad.

The cheer squad named three of their teammates as All-Americans in their sport. They were judged on their performance and knowledge of the dance and cheer routines taught during camp, athleticism, execution of jumps and stunts, and overall showmanship and spirit.

Last year Colby Shaw was named the All-American athlete and represented WHS when she performed in the London New Year’s Day Parade. Shaw was not the first from Winters to make the trip, but may have started a trend at WHS. This year the three Warriors who were named All-American and have been granted the same opportunities. WHS may be small, but four cheer athletes going All-American in the past two years are proof that talent and pride in our hometown athletes is not misplaced.

This year the honor of All-American was given to Annie Ramos, Jorge Fernandez and Octavio Diaz. This opportunity gives them the chance to travel abroad in London, or stay in the United States and go to Orlando. In London the athletes will have an opportunity to do some sightseeing after practices and then perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade. In Orlando they can tour Walt Disney World and perform in the Varsity Spirit Spectacular pre-parade show at the resort. The Orlando show is reserved for team captains and co-captains, which means Ramos and Fernandez are eligible.

The All-Americans will have to cover the expense of travel and competition on their own and will have to raise funds of over $3,000 each. This will be accomplished by fundraising, partnerships with local businesses and sponsorships, that is if the athletes are lucky enough to find a sponsor. To take the trip to London or Orlando and perform a routine of a sport that they love is described as a once in a lifetime experience.

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