Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 19, 2010

Greenup County wins 13th national title

Boyd County 2nd in small squad division

Ashland — Two local cheerleading squads have brought home titles from a national competition.

Greenup County High School cheerleaders won first in the Large Squad Division and Boyd County High School won second in the Small Squad Division at the 2010 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National High School Cheerleading Championship, which is the longest-running and most prestigious cheerleading competition in the country.

At Greenup County High School’s basketball game at 4:30 p.m. today, the cheerleaders will be honored at halftime, when they will be presented with their trophies. Following the game, there will be a meet and greet to celebrate the squad’s victory.

Greenup County cheerleading coach Candy Berry said she hopes video of the competition will be shown at the gathering. Janet Dillow is assistant coach.

“I hope people will come and say ‘Way to go!’ to the girls and tell them they consider it an honor for what they’ve done for the community,” Berry said.

The Boyd County squad celebrated early in the week, but likely will celebrate again; they are competing today in a state competition.

Berry said her squad has competed in this event since its beginning in 1980. This is the 13th national championship for the squad, which had not won since 2005. Berry said winning never gets old.

“My friends say, ‘Do you realize there are squads that have never won?’” Berry said. “But when you win an award, it makes everything justified. It shows that people appreciate what you do.”

Still, Berry said, winning isn’t the squad’s first job.

“I tell the girls, our first job is to support the teams at the school, and if you don’t do a good job in the community, then when they get out in a trying situation, they’re not going to do a good job,” Berry said.

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