Top honors for Bulldog cheerleaders
Baldwin is top team at NCA camp
Baldwin City was well represented last week at the National Cheerleaders Association camp at Baker University.
The Baldwin High School cheerleading squad was named the top varsity team and received the spirit stick at Thursday's awards presentation.
Baldwin cheerleaders Audrey Messer, Kalie Harris and Jamie Lawrenz were also selected for the All-American Team.
"Baldwin High School is one of the top high school squads in the state," NCA director Elaine Brady said. "Every year I make sure I have them assist me in some way because they are a very disciplined squad."
The NCA camp was a four-day event designed especially for the 358 girls and boys from 15 Kansas high schools to improve, perfect and showcase their cheerleading skills.
Baker activity director Susan Hoffman said the NCA camp is the largest camp at the university during the summer.
"The high schools that are coming in are at all different skill levels," Hoffman said. "So they're here learning techniques, dances and learning to make their routines clean. They have four really packed days they're doing it in."
Along with the high school camp, the NCA sponsored a two-day youth camp led by three former Baldwin cheerleaders.
Head instructor Kendra Knight and assistant instructors Erin Wright and DeAnna Darting spent Tuesday and Wednesday teaching kids ages 10 to 13 the basic cheerleading skills.
Brady said she first noticed Knight, who is currently a sophomore at the University of Kansas, at a NCA camp a few years ago.
"She really caught my eye," she said. "So I asked her to come back and do this with the help of the other two girls and they have just done a great job."
Knight also travels to high schools across the state, Brady said, to give smaller, two-day cheerleading camps.
Brady said the NCA camp is a great opportunity for cheerleaders.
"These are the athletes, the leaders of their schools," she said. "This is a chance for them to improve their cheerleading skills at one of the best camps in Kansas."