The Great Oak Varsity Competition Cheer Squad is on a roll!
Last November in Anaheim, they placed first in their division and won the Grand Champion Award at the Jamz Bid Challenge. The Grand Champion Award included a full paid bid to Nationals. This was a first for GOHS.
This February in Las Vegas, the GOHS girls placed first in their division winning the Jamz National Championship. This was another first for GOHS.
This past Sunday in Ontario, the elite cheer squad competed in the Spirit Battle of the Stars competition. They took first place in their division and won Grand Champion. This was their second competition with zero deductions. “Now I have to bring them donuts at practice,” laughingly exclaimed cheer coach Lisa West-Klopf.
This Friday, March 14th, they are performing at the Salute the Heroes Event at Murrieta Mesa High School. Saturday, the Competition Cheer squad is competing at the Cheer Pros Best of the West Championship in Long Beach.
GOHS Competition Cheer will finish off their season two weeks from now at the USA National Championships in Anaheim.
The thirty girls and two coaches – West-Klopf and Jeremy Pecoraro – practice two hours per day, three times each week or about 500 hours during the season for a two-minute and thirty second performance.
“The team has won Championships and Grand Championships, not because they are good, but because they leave it all on the line every time they take the competition floor,” said Pecoraro, “ Great cheerleaders are not born great, they are great because they live the motto ‘hard work + determination = a winning tradition.’ We approach every competition with the mindset that the judges don’t determine our placement; we determine our own destiny.”
The senior girls have their own motto, “We strive not to be a success, but rather of value.”
“That is something we try to teach our kids,” said West-Klopf, “not just about cheerleading, but about responsibility and dedication, determination and commitment.
Congratulations Wolfpack Competition Cheer and best of luck at Nationals!