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The Lions walk away with almost all the top honors from the camp in early August.

COURTESY PHOTO: SHANNON MALONEY - The West Linn High School cheer team poses with its Top Banana Spirit Award during the UCA Camp at Great Wolf Lodge in Centralia, Washington, in the first week of August.After more than a year of unprecedented challenges, we all could use a reason to cheer.

So why not turn to those who do it best? In this case, the West Linn High School cheer team.

The Lions proved themselves big-time at the Universal Cheerleaders Association camp at Great Wolf Lodge in Centralia, Washington, in the first week of August.

"This is a very important time of year and we are thrilled that we walked away feeling as if we hit all the benchmarks set out by our squad," said West Linn cheer coach Shannon Maloney.

Among West Linn's accomplishments were:

• First place in Overall Camp Routine (cheer and pyramid).

• First place in Game Day Routine (band dance, chant and cheer).

• Blue Ribbon/Superior — Pyramid.

• Blue Ribbon/Superior — Game Day Cheer.

• Four Spirit Stick awards — These are given for showing the highest spirit, performing the best showing hard work on a given day.

West Linn HS Cheer Kids Clinic

Where: Rosemont Ridge Middle School softball field, 20001 Salamo Road.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19-20; 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 21 with a parent showcase at 11:30 a.m.

The camp will raise funds for the West Linn cheer team and its hoped-for trip to either the USA or UCA Nationals in February.

• Pin it Forward awards — Maile Murray and Samantha Esnard.

• Best Jumps — Peyton Miller.

• All-American Cheerleaders — Ainsley Gettel, Abby Gettel and Ella Weeks. All Americans are invited to perform at special events across the country and world.

• UCA Staff Tryout Invites — Ella Weeks, Peyton Miller and Maile Murray .

• Camp Overall Leadership Award — As voted on by all participants, this award recognizes the team that made the camp most memorable to other campers.

• Top Spirit Banana Award — Recognizes the team that displayed the most spirit and enthusiasm.

Regarding the Overall Leadership award, Maloney said, "This is seen as the highest honor at camp because it is not voted on by the UCA staff, but by the teams themselves. Each team votes for the team they would most like to be on … and which team exemplifies true leadership and top talent. This is a true honor."


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