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Something to cheer about: LU's Spirit Team wins awards

Cheer TeamThe Lamar University Spirit Team, consisting of the LU Cheer Squad and the LU Dance Team, brought home several awards after attending the Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association Collegiate Camp July 10-13 at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Nineteen members of the nationally recognized LU Cheer Squad competed against more than 600 cheerleaders. The squad won first place in fight song, second place in cheer, third place in sideline, third place in game day and received both the Game Plan and the Program Improvement Awards alongside four superior ribbons.

This is the first year that coach Allison Williams has attended UCA with the LU Cheer Squad and she is looking forward to bringing Big Red spirit throughout the community in public appearances and performances.

“All of the team members want to work hard to be the best they can be and be representative of the school by sharing both their talents with Lamar or going out into the community for appearances,” Williams said.

Dance TeamThis was the dance team’s third year participating at the UCA/UDA Collegiate Camp, which drew in more than a dozen teams. The LU team won a first place trophy in superior team, a superior trophy in fight song, a superior trophy in program recognition and all 23 dance members received superior routines on all individual routines that were taught and judged during the camp.

“Being a part of the LU Dance Team allows young ladies to grow as dancers and individuals while be dedicated and involved in college,” said Brixey Blankenship-Cozad, dance team coordinator.  “This program also offers many opportunities to become a leader, learn responsibilities and make life-long memories.” 

The LU Dance Team was also one of three dance teams asked to perform for the camp and the public. In addition, six dance team members were asked to join staff positions with UDA: Bethany Cherry, Jessica Cloud and Callie Macon of Nederland; Emily Sumrall and Hannah Richardson of Port Neches; and Shaudae Leftwich of Houston.