Date for State Set at May 21 Board Meeting
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington
All regional competitions must be completed by Friday, December 2.

Congratulations 2015-2016 Stella Gilb Scholarship Winners!
These will be posted after all are presented at their awards programs.   Stay tuned!

************************************************************************** Congratulations to our newly elected KAPOS board members and officers! Their terms began on July 1 and their information has been posted on the Board of Directors link.

Region #2–Jennifer Luttrell
Region #4–Melanie Harston
Region #6–Carrie DeBold
Region #8–Heather Fallen
Region #10–Kim Ritchie
Region #12–Stephanie Hodge
Region #13-Trisha Evans (filling out an unexpired term)
Region #14–Hack Hudson
Region #16–Jeffrey Huffman
At-Large—Reba Johnson Regions #’s 1-8 and David Moore #’s 9-16 State At-Large—will be announced after June 1
Secretary–Carole Mullins
Sectional Vice Presidents—
Phyllis Jenkins Regions #5-8 and Gwen Gibbs Regions #13-16

Congratulations to Gwen Gibbs who continues to serve on the KHSAA Board of Control as the female representative from Regions 9-16!  Gwen will continue to represent the student athletes of Kentucky well!

**************************************************************************                         CLARIFICATION OF KAPOS DIFFICULTY GRID
In order to clarify scoring of jumps, the KAPOS Difficulty Grid has been revised for easier interpretation.

NOTE:   The question has been asked if teams can have boys participate with them. The answer is “yes”. Research has determined that the physical development of boys versus girls at the elementary and middle school years does not make a significant difference in strength or skill level of the team. Therefore, since we have not had sufficient interest to warrant a separate coed division, boys ARE permitted to cheer on our elementary and middle school teams. 

35th National High School Cheerleading Championships

We “cheer die hards” made it home from a great trip to the 35th National High School Cheerleading Championships, and what a tremendous event it was! It is evident that the Kentucky “cheer presence” is a force to be reckoned with as ever division was packed with our awesome Kentucky teams!

I was very proud when they announced that in the 35 years of its existence, there was only one team with one coach that had attended EVERY competition in those 35 years. Being from Region 16, of course, I knew immediately the answer to that question was……Greenup County and Candy Berry!

Ruth Sorace, KAPOS Advisory Board member, put together a few statistics to show the extent of Kentucky cheerleading at this competition. There were 61 “school-based” teams from Kentucky. (She didn’t count rec or youth leagues.) Of the 61 teams, 44 were varsity high school teams. Of the 61 teams, 36 made it to finals and brought home a trophy, which comes to 59%! From finals, 3 were National Champions (Greenup County, Pikeville Junior High, and Southwestern). In addition, some teams also competed in Game Day — 3 made finals and 2 brought home National Championships in Game Day (Prestonsburg and Russell County). You can see that Kentucky was extremely well represented bringing home 5 national championships! Congratulations to all of our teams and coaches that participated. We have LOTS to be proud of!

Cheers from Lucy!

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