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Cheerleaders Repeat as Champions

Courtesy of Media Services
Honored — The UAM squad repeated as overall winners in the small co-ed division at the Universal Cheerleading Association's camp held at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. Members of the squad include (from left, seated) Courtney Levingston, a sophomore from El Dorado; Captain LaTish Edwards, a senior from Nashville; Caswanna Allen, a sophomore from Monticello; (standing, from left) Ashley Grounds, a junior from Ashdown; Kellie Hoskins, a junior from Helena; Greg Prewett, a junior from Bryant; Brad Sears, a junior from Des Arc; Trey Harrod, a junior from Hampton; Emerald Huggins, Jr., a sophomore from Grady; and Meggan LaMarche, a freshman from Bastrop, La.
Blake Anglin
Staff Writer 

   “Is this the same squad from last year?”

   That seemed to be the consensus question asked among the Universal Cheerleading Association trainers this summer as the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s cheerleaders pulled off their routines at the annual U.C.A. cheerleading camp held at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

   The UAM squad won first place in both the chanting competition and the fight song competition, and second in the cheering division. They were also one of the most improved squads of the 15 or so squads that attended the camp, according to LaTish Edwards, senior co-captain of the Weevil cheering squad.

   “It was a lot of fun, and we learned a lot,” she said.

   Former cheerleader coach Ashley Corbin sent a campus e-mail noting the team has won seven titles in two years while only competing in two camps.

   “I am so proud of each team member!” she said. “UAM should take notice at all games that not only do they have a wonderful, talented cheerleading team but also a team full of winners!”

   The team went to camp to learn some new stunts, but also to learn all the new NCAA regulations for cheering. The U.C.A. is trying to reduce the number of sports injuries occurring to cheerleaders, as cheerleading is No. 1 in sports injuries in all collegiate sports.

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