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Competition cheer shoots to be number one

Fighting for the top spot as Georgia’s team of the year, Ola’s competition cheer team’s last task was to shoot a video to win the hearts of Georgia cheerleading fanatics.

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Marlee Arrington and Maggie McDevitt, both seniors, are pictured after shooting their promotional video for Team of the Year. The video was filmed and directed by coaches McMahan, McCreary and Schmuhl.

Marlee Arrington and Maggie McDevitt, both seniors, are pictured after shooting their promotional video for Team of the Year. The video was filmed and directed by coaches McMahan, McCreary and Schmuhl.

Marlee Arrington and Maggie McDevitt, both seniors, are pictured after shooting their promotional video for Team of the Year. The video was filmed and directed by coaches McMahan, McCreary and Schmuhl.

Jessica Louis, Staff Writer

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On January 17th, the competition cheerleaders met in the gymnasium to shoot an award winning promotional video to be recognized as Georgia’s Team of the Year. The cheerleaders were able to rank in the top three out of over 100 schools.

The process begins when a school’s cheerleading team submits an application to be considered. The required application contains a detailed account highlighting the cheerleaders’ skills, academics, school involvement, and community service. From there, Ola’s competition team had one of the three best submissions.

In order to choose the final winner though, the top three teams in Georgia must also submit a video, which is what the cheerleaders recently completed.

The winner’s prize includes a trip to the annual Coaches’ Conference in Savannah which is a paid trip to Savannah where the cheerleaders are recognized and able to model clothes and perform stunts. The teammates also receive medals and swag bags filled with prized possessions.

“The swag bags are filled with all types of merchandise from Varsity, Infinity and cheerleading companies,” senior, Maggie McDevitt said.

This year’s entry is actually Ola’s competition team’s first year in the contest for team of the year. Head coach, Stacey Schmuhl submitted her girls because she felt that their intense level of commitment to the team, as well as their excellence in academics was something that should be honored.

“It would be huge recognition for how hard these girls work. They practice starting when school is out, all through summer, then everyday after school through November. They do all this while working, keeping their grades up, and volunteering,” Schmuhl, said.

The winning team is presumed to be selected mid-February, then later featured on the Georgia Cheer website displaying their school name and team motto.

“Winning this would mean so much because we’ve worked so hard and we just had a slip up at state, so winning this would kind of be like our reward for such hard work this year,” senior, Marlee Arrington said.

And as the competition cheerleaders’ motto says, they’ll strive to “Make Them Remember”

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