Senior Level 3 Velocity first in division at Cheersport Nationals
The Newnan Southern Stars Senior Level 3 Team Velocity All-Star cheerleading squad captured first place last weekend at Cheersport Nationals held in Atlanta Ga at the World Congress Center.
Team Velocity took first place while competing against 13 teams in Senior Small Gym 2 Division I in the event held at the Georgia World Congress Center. Entering the final day, the Southern Stars squad trailed two teams tied for first, including the Elite All Stars of Maine’s Leading Ladies before coming through with a final score of 69.4, less than two-tenths ahead of the Leading Ladies.
Team Velocity is led by head coach Serik Barrios and Jamie Rogers. They will compete at the United Spirit Association (USA) All-Star Championships in Anaheim from March 21-23 before competing at the Grand Championship hosted by Athletic Championships on April 5-6 in Destin, Fla.
Team members include (alphabetically) Ginni Aulicky, Kirsten Brown, Rebekah Cobb, Alexis Granroos, Payton Handley, Hailey High, Elizabeth Hovey,Hailey Leski, Ava Lewis
Madison Merritt, Yenaira Napenas, Emma Patterson, Jade Renfroe, Alma Reyas, Lexie Schmieder, Hailey Scott, Bailey Shelnutt, Katie Shelnutt, Kathryn Shirilla, Abby Smith, Kelsey Smith, Haley Smith, Kasey Stanley, Emily Villacres and Raelyn Walls.
The Southern Stars, in its 12th year out of Newnan School of Gymnastics, also competed in the Special Athletes division. Athletes from its Velocity and Senior 2 Illusion teams volunteer to lead the group. There is no cost for a special needs athlete to participate in the program.