The Graceland Gadets and cheer team competed in a Heart of America Athletic Conference competition last month, with both teams earning second place in their events.
Lawrence, Kansas was the destination as the teams’ bus left on Friday the 14th. The following day, the competition began at Baker University’s gymnasium.
During the earlier cheer routines by other universities, tensions ran high. Injuries and fallen stunts permeated many performances, which created an anxious feeling among Graceland’s athletes.
The cheer team patiently waited for their turn on the floor.
After a pre-performance prayer by Gadet coach Katie Persall, the cheer team stepped up and took their turn. Their run was great, and seemed to surpass the performances prior. At the end of the day, Graceland’s cheer team had won second place and earned a spot in nationals.
Next it was the Gadets’ turn. Their performance included both a jazz section and a hip-hop section. The hip-hop section was especially effective at captivating the audience, as even a purposeful and choreographed fall by sophomore Sidney Scott garnered gasps before the viewers understood the intention of the move. At the end of the event, the Gadets, like the cheer team before them, won second place in the dance competition.
In the end, all of the HAAC teams performed well despite the anxiety that comes along with such a competition. Yellowjackets should be especially proud, however, as our teams’ performances earned us second place overall in the HAAC, a first in the history of Graceland’s participation in the Conference.
Be sure to congratulate any cheerleaders or Gadets you see on their great accomplishment!