The cheer squad at Raymond S. Kellis High School in Glendale never gives up.
After a tumultuous 2010-11 season, they fought past it all to end up winning the 2011 AIA Division 1 Coed Division State Championship title. This year, the girls were faced with an entirely new set of challenges: a new coaching staff (now under the guidance of Ashli Johnson), a new school division and a new team size (they competed with 23 in the large category last year and are now competing with 16 competing in the medium category). They also are competing this season in both all-girl and coed events.
The squad’s first competition was Saturday, Nov. 5 at the USA Regional Competition at Deer Valley High School. They competed in the All Girl Varsity Show Cheer Advanced Small/Medium Division for the first time ever. Kellis Cheer was awarded with secnd place and won a bid to the 27th Annual USA High School Spirit Nationals at the Anaheim Convention Center in California March 30- April 1, 2012.
Kellis Cheer has never been to the USA Nationals, so this will be an amazing event for them to experience. Half of the members of the team are seniors this year.
Johnson’s goal is to take Kellis Cheer to the top and show that hard work, dedication and vision will help this team be a championship team once again. Their next competition is Saturday, Nov. 12 at the AIA Spiritline State Qualifiers at Mesquite High School.
— Submitted by Tracey Rodriguez of Peoria