, Corbin, KY

February 13, 2013

National High School Cheerleading Championships

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Cheerleading squads from two area school districts walked away with trophies from the National High School Cheerleading Championship held last weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

The North Laurel High School squad placed first in the Medium Varsity Division of the National High School Cheerleading Championship —beating 34 other teams. The squad also received first place in the Medium Division World School Championship and the International Cup for highest score in the World School Competition.

“We went to Nationals with a goal of focusing only on us and not what other teams were doing,” Head Coach Kim Wood said. That focus allowed the team to hit its routine and Wood said taking home three trophies was “icing on the cake.”  Wood’s team will compete next Feb. 23 at the state competition, which was postponed due to weather.

It is the second time a North Laurel squad has placed first at the competition. The school also won in 2009.

The East Bernstadt Independent School Cheerleading Squad also won a first place at the competition. The squad received an escort late Monday to the school by the Laurel Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, East Bernstadt Fire Department, parents and other