State cheer and dance competition wraps up

Adams Central High School's Cheer Squad competes at the 13th annual state championships.
Adams Central High School's Cheer Squad competes at the 13th annual state championships.(Diamond Nunnally, (KSNB))
Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 9:33 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - There were many changes to the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championships this year but that didn’t stop schools from shaking their pom poms and competing for the overall prize.

There were over 200 teams who entered the competition, with a few coming from the Tri-Cities. The Adams Central High School’s cheer squad was one of them and they finally got the chance to showcase their skills.

“Our girls worked hard and I think we pulled it off,” Senior Merci Hood said.

This was the first time the Patriots had ever competed at the state championships.

“It’s been a long time,” Hood said. “I don’t even know if they had competed at state cheer.”

Hood has been with the squad all four years, and up until now she’s never competed at this level.

“It was my dream come true to compete at state and I’m so excited to be here,” Hood said.

The squad performed a 45 second cheer and a minute dance routine.

“It’s just a lot of practice and a lot of time and effort goes into it,” Hood said.

Hood and her teammates practiced at 6:30 a.m. three times-a-week just to prepare for this day.

This may have been Adams Central’s first time, but the state competition looked a bit different this year. People were required to wear masks and they also blocked off chairs to help maintain social distancing.

“We’ve had great cooperation with fans, with the participants, coaches, you know, there’s a lot of changes that had to take place but I think everybody’s excited to be here,” said Nebraska Coaches Association Executive Director Darin Boysen.

There weren’t any award ceremonies at the competition this time, but judges did announce the winners shortly after each session and then the coaches picked up their prizes.

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