Mount ClemensJuly 26, 2012
Mount Clemens cheer team awarded ribbons for performance at national competition
By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer
The Mount Clemens Elite Cheerleading squad capped off its first year of existence by placing fourth at the Young Champions National Competition, which was held in Indianapolis, Ind., July 14.
Finishing in fourth place at a national competition that Shelley Mitchell never expected her newly formed team to be at in the first place came as quite the pleasant surprise for Mitchell, who along with Jamie McIntyre coaches the Mount Clemens Cheer.
“It played out so much better than what we thought we were going to do,” Mitchell said. “They wanted that bid to nationals, so they worked hard. That was their goal; I tried to keep them grounded. I wanted them to do their best performance. We would have been happy with that. I didn’t want them to be disappointed if we didn’t go to nationals. Once we got that bid to nationals there was a bunch of tears; there was a bunch of happiness.
“We went to nationals just going in making sure we had fun as a team. Pulling out a fourth-place finish was just amazing. It was an amazing feeling.”
The points the Elite team accumulated this season will roll over into the next one, and with some more solid performances, Mitchell believes her team, which ranges in age from 9 to 17, could be making another trip to nationals next summer. And as they move forward with cheerleading and their lives, she hopes that the spring season of 2012 will provide her squad with some lessons they won’t forget.
“It showed them they can work for anything,” Mitchell said. “If they set their minds to it, they can do it. And we wanted to make sure we could do it and still have fun. Whether win or lose, I wanted to just make sure they had fun with it. The fact that they did it and were successful was a extra bonus.”
Anybody interested in obtaining information about joining a Mount Clemens cheer team can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.