PHOTO: Franklin High School’s Junior Varsity Competitive Cheer Team pose for a photo after winning the National Championship title last weekend in Orlando, Florida. // Photo courtesy of Bridgett Hill
By REBEKAH JONES
Last weekend, cheer teams from all over Williamson County traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the 2019 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship.
In addition to Franklin High’s Junior Varsity achievement, Centennial High School finished in second place among 14 finalists in the Large Varsity Division and Franklin High finished in fifth place among 14 finalists in the Small Varsity Division. Brentwood High School came in at number six out of the 13 finalists. Independence High finished 12th.
To celebrate their win, Franklin High’s Junior Varsity Team presented their trophy to the school on Thursday during a morning assembly. Franklin High Cheer Coaches Jessica Clark and Sean Timmons expressed their pride in the teams and the effort that they continue to give.
“After coaching Franklin Competition Cheer for a decade, I couldn’t be more proud of our program,” Clark said. “We’ve continued to be a top five team year after year with Maroon (Varsity) and have left our mark on the Nation with our first National Title with White (Junior Varsity). We coaches and athletes couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the Rebel legacy we are leaving behind!”
It has been a great focus on building strong technical athletes for the last five years with Franklin Competition Cheer. It is their impeccable technique that allows us coaches to continue to challenge these athletes with more difficult skills in stunting, pyramids, and tumbling, which has been what has set Franklin High School apart. With 57 teams in the Small Varsity Division and 30 teams in the Small Junior Varsity Division, it is the technique and difficulty that has allowed us to finish at the top of these two extremely difficult divisions for the past four years. Winning is great! It will always be great, but when these athletes look back at their four years at Franklin High School, they can so proudly say that they cheered at one of the most respected high school programs that this country has to offer.
The Junior Varsity team includes:
Jessie Mei Merrill
Mary Darden Shears
Sarah Scott Cook
The Varsity team includes: