IHS cheerleaders claim top banana award

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Iola High School’s cheerleaders were the top banana for the second year in a row at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp session earlier this month at Emporia State University. The banana award is the top squad award given at camp. The IHS squad also brought home top ribbons and trophies. Members of the squad are (left to right), first row, Karly Gulick, Crystal Clay, Morgan Smith, captain, Madison Ford, captain, Chelsea Layman, Brooke Mueller; middle row, Jamie Spears, Abby Eisenbart, Kayla Callahan, Molly Maxwell, Reagan Webster; back row, coach Penny Herder, Celeste Ambrose, Ashly Rowe, Brynn Hastings, Tori Snavely, Libby Shay.

Spirit, splits and a lot more produced a second straight “banana” award for Iola High School cheerleaders.
Iola carried off the cheerleading camp’s top team awards during the three-day session at a Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp July 6-9 at Emporia State University.
Each day of camp squads competed for team awards including “the banana,” as in top banana, award and the spirit stick. The cheer squads are evaluated throughout the camp on cheer and dance routines.
The IHS cheerleaders earned the banana the first and last night of the camp entitling them to bring it home.
They also claimed the camp’s spirit stick, which they earned each night.
Iola received all blue ribbons on evaluations. Iola was awarded the top cheer routine trophy plus the traditions plaque.
Two of the six IHS cheerleaders trying out for UCA All-American medals earn-ed the honor. They were senior captain Madison Ford and junior Molly Maxwell. It was the second year Maxwell has earned the distinction.
Ford was offered an opportunity go through the tryout process to become a UCA staff member next year.
Ford and fellow seniors Morgan Smith, who is a squad captain, Crystal Clay, Chelsea Layman, Karly Gulick and Brooke Mueller were asked to try out for Pittsburg State University cheer squad scholarships.
“I’m very proud of our girls but not just for the awards,” said Penny Herd-er, IHS cheer coach. “It really is rewarding to have other school’s coaches and sponsors come up and tell me how our squad is so spirited and positive. These girls really treated me and others with respect.”
Herder attended cheer coaches’ classes during the camp.