ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Cheerleading Association Nationals were held in Orlando, Fla. on February 10 through February 12. The Somerset High School cheerleading squad competed in the semi-finals for small co-ed on Saturday afternoon. They were chosen to compete in the finals on Saturday evening. Twelve squads were selected to compete in the finals.

The squad had an exceptional performance with no falls. The SHS squad proudly walked away with eighth-place in the nation in small co-ed.

This is the fourth year in a row that SHS cheerleaders have placed in the top ten at the Nationals competition. Most of the squads competing are from much larger schools. Many schools have two or three squads in different divisions. Coach Beth Bruner noticed how each year the level of competition has.increased in difficulty. For a small “Class A” school like Somerset to successfully compete at the National level, really speaks highly of the school’s cheerleaders and coaches.

This year’s Jumper squad has 10 of the 20 members that had never been to Nationals. Seven of the cheerleaders are from the Meece Middle School cheer squad.

Senior Somerset cheerleader Morgan Coffey admired the determination and the hard work of the younger girls.

“They really put their hearts into the routine,” Coffey commented.

The squad will lose two of the male cheerleaders this year - Daniel Newell and Scott Newell. Co-ed cheerleading is relatively new in small schools, but not in larger schools and of course in colleges. The male members of the squad generated a lot of excitement as Somerset Cheerleaders with partner stunting and talented tumbling. Daniel and Scott Newell will be missed, but plan to take on academic and football challenges at Western Ky. University. Senior Morgan Coffey plans to continue her cheerleading at Georgetown College.

Congratulations to a very focused and determine Somerset Team!

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