Cheer Squad Named Best All-Around at NCA Camp

The Texas Tech cheerleading squad earned high honors at the National Cheerleaders Association College Summer Camp.

The Texas Tech cheerleaders finished with the top overall score and won the title of most collegiate. Eleven members earned NCA collegiate All-American spots.

Texas Tech’s cheerleading squad is one of the best in the nation, earning the title “Best All-Around Collegiate Squad” and a rare Gold Paid Bid to the national cheer competition in April 2012 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

The 32-member squad just returned from the July 22-24 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) College Summer Camp at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Raider Red, Texas Tech’s costumed public relations mascot, earned top honors as Most Collegiate Mascot, an honor bestowed by the other mascots in attendance, and was selected as an All-American Mascot.

In cheer competition the team took second place in the Rally Routine, Large Co-Ed category and second place for its Game Day Routine. Eleven team members were named NCA All-American Collegiate Cheerleaders:

  • Chelsea Ballow of Mansfield
  • Anthony Brown from Garden City, Kan.
  • Jordyn Capehart from Allen
  • Coleigh Cheatham of Aledo
  • Jenn Friedrich of Roseville, Calif.
  • Brooke Littlejohn of Cleburne
  • Laura Perley of Plano
  • Alex Pulido from Del Rio
  • Marissa Taylor of Farmersville
  • Taylor Thomas from Lubbock
  • Corey Vaughan of Lewisville

“The All-American is the only individual award given out at camp, so for 11 members to earn the award was outstanding,” said Bruce Bills, spirit coordinator in the Center for Campus Life.

“The Gold Paid Bid is a high honor, too,” Bills said. “Only six Gold Bids were awarded at this camp, and there were 28 teams in attendance.”

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The Texas Tech Spirit Program is part of the Center for Campus Life office, a division of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs.

The Spirit Squads lead the fans in supporting the teams at football, basketball, and volleyball games. They serve as ambassadors not only at athletic events, but also at many different school functions. In addition, the Spirit Squads gladly participate in their community by volunteering at local schools, charity events, and youth organizations.

Being a proud part of the Texas Tech Spirit Program is more than just a year-round commitment. It means dedication from each member to maintain the school spirit of the students, the alumni, and the fans.

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