The Ware County Competition Cheerleaders hosted the Okefenokee Swamp Cheer Classic 2017 Saturday in the Gator Den and it was a fun filled day for everyone. This is the biggest annual fundraiser of the year for the Lady Gators and the turnout was remarkable. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work from the coaching staff, the cheerleaders, cheer parents and custodial staff to pull off such a big event. A big shout out goes to the cheer dads who cooked chicken and BBQ tirelessly all day Friday and Saturday which added a special flavor to the fundraiser.
The Cheer competition featured 10 middle school and 10 high school teams. The first session included 10 Middle Schools featuring two teams from Ware Middle (Green and Gold) and the Waycross Middle team along with middle schools from Ben Hill, Brantley County, Valdosta, 8th Street MIddle, Martha Pucket, Worth County and Lowndes County. While waiting for the judges to tally up scores, the event featured Cheer Grams, Lib off's and Jump offs. Four places and a Grand Champion were awarded trophies following the competition.
1st place - Ware County Middle School (Gold)
2nd place - Tift Middle School
3rd place - Valdosta Middle School
4th place - Ben Hill Middle School
Grand Champion - Ware County Middle School (Gold)
As is customary for cheer competitions, the gym was cleared for the Varsity Competition. The competiton was well organized and stayed on schedule which drew compliments from fans across the state. The coaches were presented goody bags which added a special surprise when they registered their teams. The event was digitally recorded and each participating team will receive a copy of their performance once the editing is complete. The Varsity competiton featured 10 teams, however, due to injury and the flu bug, Ware's team assisted judges and coaches in making sure the event was a huge success....and it was.
Eight first place trophies for classification winners were awarded following the competiton and Tift County High School was awarded the Grand Champion Award.
Our hope is that next year will be an even bigger success. Again, thanks to everyone who had a hand in making sure our event was special.
Ware Middle School (Gold) - Grand Champions
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