The county school board has approved competitive cheerleading at Madison County High School.
Cheerleading coaches Lydia Farman and Kelly Benson will be the school’s coaches for competitive cheer, a program that has been on a hiatus for nearly 12 years.
“Moving back to a competitive program has been in my plans over the last few years and our cheerleaders have been working hard to improve their tumbling and stunting skills,” said Farman. “Coach Benson and I felt like with the talent and leadership we have coming up, next year is the right time to start.”
Madison County’s squad will compete in up to six invitational competitions during the season between September and November. The region competition will take place in early November and teams can qualify at region to compete in state sectionals the following weekend.
“We are really excited about adding this aspect to our program, particularly because of what competing will give our cheerleaders,” said Farman. “We also think it’s a great thing for our school and community considering how huge cheerleading is across the U.S. Our cheerleaders will continue to cheer on the sidelines for football and basketball, however, now we will have the opportunity to compete for a region and hopefully one day a state championship,” Farman said.
Both Farman and Benson state that this next season will be an exciting one as the squad begins competing.
“It will be hard work and dedication for the girls, coaches, and parents, but we are confident the reward will be well worth the work,” said Farman.