Article By: Emma Walker

The Northwood High School Varsity Cheerleaders competed at the NCA national competition on January 20th – January 21st in Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchington’s Center. They made school history with their best finish ever, making it into the winner circle and bringing home the third place trophy. Preparation for Nationals started right after football season and continued until they took the mat on day one of competition. The girls worked “everyday after school and had extra practices on the weekend’’ according to Co-Captain, Harley Yoder. During those practices, they worked on choreography by Peyton Gunn, stunts, and cheers all under the direct supervision of cheer sponsor, Rebecca Galambos. Traditionally, the week before competition is crammed with daily practices to perfect the routine, but this year the ice storm kept them from practicing. The girls had to cram a whole week’s worth of practice into one long, grueling, eight hour day. The girls were pushed to their limits, working harder than they ever had before, all with the same goal- to represent Northwood well at Nationals. 

On Friday, January 19th, the girls traveled to Dallas going straight into their first scheduled on-sight practice at Nationals. The rest of the day was spent getting checked into hotel rooms and going to a team dinner at The Magic Time Machine. Saturday, January 20th was the first round of competition, which accounted for 25% of the overall score. Northwood finished Round 1 in 4th place, 0.02 points away from 3rd place, which was their highest first round placement ever. Mrs. Galambos said her biggest goal for the team was to make the winners circle, so she found a gym in Rockwall, Texas for the girls to practice on Saturday night to make changes based off of the judges critique of the first performance. Sunday, January 21st was round two, which was worth 75% of the overall score. The girls brought their all to the mat and gave their best performance yet, which was enough to move them from 4th to 3rd place, making the winners circle for the first time in school history. The varsity cheerleaders would like to give a big thanks to the family and friends who were able to make the long drive from Blanchard, La to Dallas, Tx, and even those who watched and supported online. The girls want to give the bulk of their gratitude to Mrs. Galambos for believing in and supporting their goals and dreams. The NHS Varsity Cheerleaders were proud to represent the Nest on a National Stage. Go, Falcons!