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RCHS cheers their way to 9th in the nation

RCHS Varsity Cheer seniors, mostly Castle Pines (CP) residents, arrived at their banquet on March 21 in a pink Hummer limo. Pictured from left to right, back row: Captain Kelsey Karst, Captain (CP), Alexis Hutchings, Captain Madelyn Falk (Oak Hills), Hope Lytle, Rachel Branson (CP), Captain Lily Sumners, Rahea Miersch (CP), Nicolle Turnock (CP), and Kaitlyn Purdy (CP); front row: Ashley Poindexter, Captain Abby Barroffio, Maddie Davis (CP), Shannon Howard (CP), and Marissa West (CP).

Article by Kathy Dunker with photo courtesy of Beth Falk

The Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) Varsity Cheer team has a lot to cheer about. After traveling to Orlando in February for the UCA National Competition, they were advanced to the finals where they place ninth at the Super Varsity Level.

This was only RCHS’s second trip to Orlando and was the first time they made it to the finals. This competition is one of the most prestigious cheerleading championships in the country and is nationally televised by ESPN.

At the state competition in December, RCHS was state runner up in the 5A division, placing .67 behind the first place team.

Cheer parent and resident of Oak Hills Beth Falk commented, “It’s been a thrilling year for the cheer team, consisting of 25 girls, 15 of whom are seniors. And it’s also the first year for Coaches Amanda Winston and Kimmie Markum at RCHS.”

Tryouts for next year’s team will be held April 16 – 20 at the RCHS gym.

RCHS Varsity Cheer team recently placed 9th in the nation at the UCA National Competition in Orlando.




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