On February 19, the Blue Angels and Cheerleaders took their routines to the State competition in Grand Island at the Heartland Event Center. After months of preparing they were ready to hit the mats. The cheerleaders traveled up the night before and Junior Leah Stevens said her favorite part of the day was waking up at 5:30 and getting ready with her team. It was an early start to the day for the cheerleaders, performing at 10:12 but freshmen Katrina Staab said “I was happy that we were one of the first teams to go because I don’t think I could have waited there that long before we performed.” Everyone agreed that the moments waiting behind the black curtain to go on are always nerve racking.
This was the first year that the blue angels only competed in one category which was Pom C1 division. In past years they have done High Kick as well. Senior Haley Wineman said she started the day as she has done every year, riding up to Grand Island with Makenna Drewel. Even as a senior she was still nervous to perform. Although Haley said she will miss dance, she feels ready to focus on things other than just one performance.
Although both teams did not do as well as expected, they competed well. Leah stevens felt prepared individually and as a team and thought they competed to the best of their abilities. Haley also commented that they were ready after spending months preparing. The Cheerleaders received fifth place and the Blue Angels sixth. The cheer team concluded their day by going to perkins and celebrating, a tradition they have done for the past three years. After their dinner they packed into the vans were they had a sing off, blaring music through their speakers ending their season the way they ended every other game.