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Chasing Perfection: Colleton Prep Academy’s quest to reclaim their state title

Katie Goodwin( left) and Ally Crook ( right) prepare to turn Taylor Tomedolskey ( center) during a stunt. Photo by Christie Slocum

The War Hawks Competition Cheerleading squad plays an important role in CPA Athletics as they assist in promoting school spirit. Their contagious enthusiasm and faithful school pride have a major role in contributing to the overall atmosphere at Colleton Prep Academy.

Competition Cheer practice usually starts in May at the end of the school year and by June the group has really kicked it into high gear.  For the most part the squad practices four days a week and five during the six week long competitive season.  Last Wednesday, Colleton Prep traveled to First Baptist School on James Island to compete in the Charleston Cheer Challenge where they placed second is SCISA Competition Division I.  On Saturday the squad traveled to A.C. Flora High School in Columbia to compete in the Forest Acres Cheer Cup in which they did not place.  This coming Saturday the squad will travel to Pinewood Prep in Summerville to compete in the Lowcountry Cheer Challenge for their final competition before they battle for the State Title once again.

With three state championships, the Lady War Hawks have high expectations for the 2016 Competition Cheer season.  The competition cheer squad is led by Cheer Coach Meagan Driggers.  Like most of the girls on the squad, Driggers began to love the sport of cheer while still in elementary school.  She cheered from fifth grade and even during her freshman year at the University of South Carolina.  Driggers is the owner of Lowcountry Gymnastics and has been part of War Hawks athletics since 2011.  “We are up against some tough competition this year, so we are working very hard in practice every day to put a routine on the mat that we can be proud of and hopefully put us back on top!  We have had some good feedback from the judges at our last two competitions and I am really looking forward to taking that and finishing strong at our next two”, said Driggers on this year’s season.

SCA’s competition cheerleading squad is made up of thirteen sixth through twelfth graders. Although the squad has a lot of new members, they are working hard to build the skills needed to bring home a trophy in November. In addition to competing in four SCISA competitions, they also support the middle and high school football teams from the sidelines.  Members of the 2016 CPA Competitive Cheer Squad are Brynn Nettles, Katie Goodwin, Kayla Hayden, Elizabeth Anne Dean, Kayleigh Peters, Gracie Griffin, Nina Mascia, Heather Davis, Ally Crook, Ally Avant, Taylor Tomedolskey, Kaylee Warren, and Jordan Slocum.


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