The “SkyHawk Sensation” Succeeds for a Fifth Year

SkyHawk cheerleaders worried that the suspected blizzard brewing outside would keep some teams away

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The “SkyHawk Sensation” Succeeds for a Fifth Year

Skyhawk Cheerleaders relaxing together

Skyhawk Cheerleaders relaxing together

Photo by BJ Brisbois

Skyhawk Cheerleaders relaxing together

Photo by BJ Brisbois

Photo by BJ Brisbois

Skyhawk Cheerleaders relaxing together

Emma Brisbois, Birdfeed editor

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The annual SkyHawk Sensation cheerleading competition was held Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Skutt Catholic’s main gym was packed to the brim with spectators coming to see teams from all over Nebraska; however, with a suspected blizzard brewing, the weather outside kept some teams away.

On its fifth year, the SkyHawk Sensation was meant to have over 20 teams total, including five dance teams. But, with some teams coming from as far as Gothenberg, the number slowly dwindled.

“I was nervous that we weren’t going to have a crowd,” senior Claire Kolkman said. “This competition raises serious money for our nationals trip and helps to take a financial burden off of our parents’ shoulders. Without teams to support it, we would be putting in more money than we were getting out.”

Nevertheless, with teams pulling out of the competition throughout the week, the SkyHawk cheerleaders still showed up the night before to prepare, knowing that there would be a day of work ahead of them.

“Basically, every Skutt Cheerleader is assigned a job,” sophomore Sophia Dreessen said. “Some of us work in the warm-up room, time the lengths of routines, or run score sheets from judges to be recorded on a computer so that scores can be calculated. After all the teams have competed, we warm up and showcase our routine. This means we perform but aren’t in the competition to prevent any bias. We work very hard for this competition because it helps us so much for nationals and our end of the year banquet,” Dreessen said.

Many teams arrived at the competition on Sunday, despite the weather, wanting the feedback that the judges could help provide.

“This competition doesn’t only benefit us,” sophomore Niki Cundiff said. “It’s a good way for schools all over the state to get practice in front of a crowd before the state competition, which takes place in February,” Cundiff said.

Skutt Catholic was able to hire out cheer and dance judges from corporations like UCA and UDA to judge the competition. This way, teams can get real feedback from people who will be judging, or have judged, at the state cheerleading competition.

Even though a few teams didn’t show, that didn’t mean that the cheerleaders slowed down. “It’s a super busy day,” senior Shelby Koory said. “A ton of work goes into making sure the competition is a success. The coaches, athletes, and parents all pitch in to make the crazy day as painless as possible,” Koory said.

Emma Brisbois

Emma joined The Flightline in August of 2017. She is a senior this year, involved in cheerleading and show choir. Outside of school, she enjoys going to concerts, playing the piano and hanging out with friends. You can email her at [email protected]