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Date for State: Saturday, December 19, 2015

All regional competitions must be completed by Wednesday, December 2.

Division Size Changes: The committee voted to change the Elementary Large Division size to 17-25 team members and the Middle School Super Large Division size to 21-25 team members. More information is available under the Middle School competition link.

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. 

************************************************************************** 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 #1–Lindsey Behrendt
Region #3–Heather Cavitt
Region #5–Joella Nall
Region #7–Hope Eaton
Region #9–Gay Trame
Region #11–Suzy Edmister
Region #13–Kim Wood
Region #15–Jeannie Stone
At-Large—Teresa Ellis Regions #’s 1-8 and Bryce Seals #’s 9-16 State At-Large—Joni Hall and Chris Tipton
President Elect–Kelly Littleton
Sectional Vice Presidents—
Cindy Thompson Regions #1-4 and Shawn Campbell Regions #9-12

Congratulations to Gwen Gibbs who has been re-elected to the KHSAA Board of Control as the female representative from Regions 9-16!  Gwen will continue to represent the student athletes of Kentucky well!

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!