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Owens Community College serves as host to a “Back to School” Cheerleading Competition on August 16.
Presented by Owens’ Cheerleading Program, the competition will begin at 10 a.m. in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center.
The cheerleading competition is open to area schools and all-star and community cheerleading programs, as well as pee wee through senior and middle school through high school teams and individuals. Competition categories include team, individual, stunt group and co-ed partner in non-mount, mount and all-star divisions. The “Back to School” Cheerleading Competition is open to preschool- through college-age participants.
Routines performed in all three divisions cannot exceed two minutes and 30 seconds in length. Non-mount and mount routines are allowed a maximum of one minute and 30 seconds for the music section, while all-star divisions may perform their entire routine to music. The routines must include one cheer, one chant and a dance. A panel of judges will critique all divisions with the top teams and individuals in each division receiving awards.
In addition to the existing three divisions, the cheerleading competition will offer a new sideline spirit division, which is free to any team wanting to participate in their respective age categories. Each team will perform a one minute “crowd involvement” cheer in which they should display methods of getting the crowd to stand up, clap and cheer. Technical skills are encouraged to be kept to minimum and will not be judged. The use of signs, flags, banners and other spirit-related items are recommended.
Since 2001, the Owens Cheerleading Program has earned regional and national acclaim for cheerleading, garnering several awards. Such honors include first place finishes at JamFest - Collegiate Open Cheer and the Ohio Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships. In addition, Owens’ squad was second at the Cheerleaders of America Open Championship, the Cheerleaders of America Midwest Open and the Ohio Winter Nationals.
In 2006, the group was recognized nationally by being named the American Championships Coed College National Champions and was chosen to dance to the music of the legendary Rolling Stones as part of the Super Bowl XL halftime show. The Owens Cheerleading Program is led by Head Coach Jessica Nekoranec.
The cheerleading competition registration fees are $20 per individuals and stunt teams and $40 per team divisions. The registration deadline is July 22 and space is limited. For more information, or to register, call (567) 661-7973 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7973, or 419-575-2436.
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