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Senior Lions cheer: Squad

The Kingsburg Senior Lions Cheer Squad includes, in front from left to right, Audrey Palomar, Ava Stone, Kaylee Pallares and Bailee Stone. In the back row are Coach Amber Reyes, Ashley Hurtado, Jayla Lopez, Sadie Carpenter, Sofia Ugaste, Emily Valencia, Dakota Perez and Bella Pumarejo.

KINGSBURG – The Kingsburg Youth Cheer Senior Lions Cheer Squad has had a season they won’t soon forget.

After cheering their football team through to a Tri County League Championship, the girls have become champions in their own right.

Starting in November, the squad competed in championships in Fresno, Sacramento and San Francisco coming away with first place finishes in both their Show Cheer and Pom Performance routines at all three competitions.

The Senior Lions cheer squad then took their performance to Las Vegas in January for the National Championship. Performing in Show Cheer Level One against nine other teams from all over California, the girls again came out on top with a first place finish, winning jackets and the title of National Champions.

On Feb. 9, the squad competed at the State Championship in Bakersfield. Once again, they won first place and a State Championship ring to add to their collection. The accolades didn’t stop there. At the end of the State Champion awards ceremony, the team was awarded the title of Youth Grand Champions for receiving the highest overall score out of over 70 performances. With the title came a paid invitation to compete in Las Vegas again in May at the Nfinity Champions League End of Season Championship, as well as a $1,000 camp scholarship.

The squad thanks their coach and advisers, as well as Ruben Rivera for his innovative cheer choreography, and Roberta Woods and Dana Worth from The Dance Company for dance choreography and countless hours of practice and dedication.

The Kingsburg Senior Lions cheer squad is made up of 11 seventh- and eighth-graders who attend Rafer Johnson Junior High. Many of them have been cheering together since they were six or seven years old, and say their goal is to keep cheering and competing in the coming years.

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