The Dixon High School Cheerleaders attended Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp at UC Davis July 20th through July 23rd. The cheerleaders learned stunt and jump technique, dance and sideline material, leadership skills, and worked with a private UCA coach. They also participated in the St. Jude Letter Campaign to support its lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children fighting cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
On the first day, teams had the opportunity to perform and be evaluated on a “home routine” that was judged on technique, originality, and crowd appeal. Both JV and Varsity DHS teams received “excellent” ribbons for their home routines. Varsity received their first “spirit stick” as well. Spirit sticks are awarded to teams that demonstrate teamwork in classes. This award relates to obeying the camp rules, being on time and participating in all aspects of summer camp. Working with your instructor, coach and teammates is the only way to achieve a spirit stick.
On day two of camp, teams performed a cheer that they learned on the first day that incorporated stunts, signs and poms. Both JV and Varsity DHS teams received “superior” ribbons for their performances. Eight Dixon cheerleaders also competed in the camp “Jump-off” for the best overall jumper. Dixon’s Varsity cheerleader, Sierra Faulkner, was named the best overall Jump-off Champion. Varsity also received their second spirit stick in a row.
Day three proved to be the most challenging as the heat and exhaustion set in, but DHS rose above and had another successful day at camp. Both teams performed and were evaluated on their Xtreme Routine which included five eight-counts of their own choreography, stunt sequence and pyramid. Both JV and Varsity DHS teams received “superior” ribbons for their performances. Six seniors from Varsity and three members of JV competed in the UCA All-American try-outs. Participants were scored on a jump, a cheer and the Xtreme Routine. Two of Dixon’s Varsity team members, RaBecca Hammack and Melina Ray, were selected as “UCA All-American” and received a medallion and an invitation to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade. Dixon ended the evening with both JV and Varsity teams earning “spirit sticks.”
Dixon competed in the Xtreme Routine Competition and GameDay Championships on the final day of camp. Varsity received an “excellent” ribbon for their performance and JV received “superior” and “gold superior” ribbons and a trophy for their performances. Varsity also received a “1st place Superior” trophy for standing out at camp and for having the best stunts. JV received “4th place Best JV Team Overall” and an “outstanding” ribbon. Both teams were recognized and received spirit sticks to take home as a reward of their team’s ability to get along and work together. Additionally, senior captain of the Varsity team, RaBecca Hammack also was invited to perform in the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Both of Dixon’s teams qualified to perform in the Capital One Bowl at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii!
The DHS Cheer coaches are proud of their teams for all of their accomplishments at camp this year and looking forward to an exciting football season.