Cheer Team: End of Travelogue

By: Lokelani Patrick

Our apologies for the lengthy blog as this includes travelogue for Saturday and Sunday as well as the delay in posting which was due to blog access issues.

NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship, Dallas Texas

Saturday, January 25

Day 1 of competition was a long day with 254 schools competing in 23 Divisions from 8:00a to 9:00p. The competitors competed on a large blue mat fronting a stage of red, white and blue highlighted with a large NCA logo. Every 3 minutes, while a team waited on deck, a school took to the floor to compete.  KSM arrived at the Dallas Convention Center around 3:30p and spent time running through their routine then went onstage at 7:27p.   A change in the routine was unavoidable when “flyer” Kayla Sniffen suffered a sprained right ankle at Friday’s practice which left her unable to perform. Moana Astronomo replaced Sniffen in the stunting on Saturday.

KSM is competing in the Small Coed Advanced High School Division against Natick High School, Natick Massachusetts; Radford High School, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi; Fort Osage High School, Independence, Missouri; and Southmoore High School, Moore, Oklahoma.

The competitive performance is comprised of 3 parts: 

  • Cheer,  35 seconds – 1:30 minutes maximum
  • Dance, 1:00 minute maximum
  • Stunting and tumbling

The combination of these parts maximum is 2:30 minutes.

Scoring:  A maximum of 100 points is possible.  A raw score is the average score from 5 judges.  From the raw score, deductions are taken for touches, dropped stunts, and safety infractions.  The subsequent score is the Day 1 score.  This scoring process is repeated on Day 2.  The final score is a combination of  the Day 1 score (weighted 25%) and the Day 2 score (weighted 75%). 

Day 1 Scores

Team/School

Max Points

Raw Score

Deductions

Day 1

Standing

KS Maui

100

97.75

-2.25

95.50

3

Radford

100

97.23

-1.25

95.98

2

Southmoore

100

97.7

-1.00

96.70

1

Natick

100

94.43

-5.00

89.43

5

Fort Osage

100

92.83

-0.25

92.58

4

Sunday, January 26

Preparation for day 2 required additional changes when the coaches received the scoring sheets from day one.  Surprisingly, the team had been deducted 2.0 points for an “illegal” stunt that had been performed at MIL and Hawaiʻi state competitions under the same rules governing this competition.  Based on this new information the routine was changed again to: provide a spotter to “legalize” the stunt, add an additional jump sequence, and add a tumbling pass to earn maximum points.  Sniffen was able to recover from her injury and participate in the 2nd day of competition.  KSM entered Day 2 in 3rd place behind Southmoore (1) and Radford (2). 

 Day 2 Scores

Team/School

Max Points

Raw Score

Deductions

Day 2

Standing

KS Maui

100

98.68

0

98.68

1

Radford

100

97.53

-0.50

97.53

2

Southmoore

100

97.78

-1.00

96.78

3

Natick

100

93.8

-1.00

92.80

4

Fort Osage

100

91.98

-1.00

90.98

5

 

Final Scores

Team/School

Final score

Standing

Kamehameha Schools Maui

97.88

1

Radford High School

97.14

2

Southmoore High School

96.76

3

Natick High School

91.96

4

Fort Osage High School

91.38

5

KSM was the smallest team (in numbers) competing at the event, however, they came equipped with confidence from wins at the 2013 Maui Interscholastic League and as 2013 Hawaiʻi state champions medium division and the highest overall score of both large and medium schools.  The team is comprised of 11 members with only 1 member returning from last year’s squad, and one senior.  They were able to rise to meet challenges and stayed focused on getting the job done.  Following the announcement of their win at NCA, they were ushered in the Hall of Champions to receive their awards.  Each team member and the coaches received a Champion jacket.

Cheer Team - Final

CONGRATULATIONS KS MAUI VARSITY CHEER TEAM!  I MUA KAMEHAMEHA and mahalo KSM ʻohana for all of your support!!!

KSM Varsity Cheer team members:  Jocelyn Aipa ‘14 ,Rachel Kaulupali ‘15, Jessica Walker ‘15, Moana Astronomo ‘15, Halia Kekuewa ‘15, Acacia Coloma-Mariano ‘15, Kale`a Borling ‘15, Ashlee Sawai ‘16, Chaston Abut ‘16, Hannah Patrick ‘16, Kayla Sniffen ‘17.  Coaches:  Ann Saffery and Kealiʻi Molina

 

 

 

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