By: EMILY BLOMQUIST & AVALON SALVADORE
Citrus Valley High School’s varsity team cheers on the football game and motivates the crowd. (CV Spirit Photography).
Citrus Valley High School’s varsity cheerleading team went to their first cheer competition at Brea Olinda High School on Dec. 14, 2019. It was the team’s first time performing together as a group; tryouts were held for the competition team earlier in August for anyone to see if they had the talent and commitment to be on the team. At 6 a.m. on a sunny Saturday morning, the varsity team competed in the Super Large Novice division against ten other teams. Though they performed at 8:30 a.m., the team had to wait until 11:30 a.m. to hear their score and placement within the first tournament. Citrus Valley’s varsity team placed second in their division, and qualified to compete at the National Competition in February.
The competition team changes every year with the arrival new, unique talent. This year there are multiple newcomers to the team who are not experienced with competitive cheer such as senior Cameron Mudget. Regarding joining the team, Mudget said “I wanted to do something different for my senior year and I thought it would be really fun.” The addition of the many new members only diversifies the girls’ collective abilities and only pushes the team to strive for another national title. If the team wins at nationals again, this will be their third time bringing home the national champion trophy, banner and backpacks. The team is now working hard to perfect their routine for the upcoming CIF competition and regional competition before nationals.