Congratulations to the JPW Black Viper Cheer for winning the 2015 Pop Warner National Championship!
(see slideshow at the bottom for all the pictures)
Following a 1st place win at the Central Texas Pop Warner Cheer Championship in October and then another 1st place win at the Southwest Region Pop Warner Cheer Championship in November, the Junior Pee Wee Viper Cheer team headed off for Orlando, Florida last weekend to compete in the National Pop Warner Cheer Championships on Monday, 12/7.
Cheer competition is just one part of Viper Cheer. Their season begins on August 1st with bootcamp practices 4 days a week for 4 weeks followed by practices after school, cheering on their football team every Saturday (even through 5 overtimes in a rain storm!), participating in community events like Vandegrift High School homecoming parade and Future Viper Night, raising awareness for Childhood Cancers and Breast Cancer and of course, keeping up their grades. Through it all the girls learn about the core values of teamwork, accountability, creativity, enthusiasm, discipline, fun, pride and confidence. Viper Cheer builds strong student-athletes and strong young women.
Competition, however, is finally the time when the cheerleaders get to demonstrate the culmination of their efforts from the whole season…and THEY get to be the spotlight and not the supporters. And they did not disappoint! They performed a 2 minute and 30 second routine that included jumps, stunts, dismounts, tumbling and pyramids rated at the highest level of difficulty allowed for their division. “These girls worked really hard all season to develop the technical skills that would put them in the mix to compete at the top of their division, then it came down to execution on that one day, in that one moment…there’s no second chances here…and they DID it!,” explained Head Coach Dionn Schaffner. “I tell the girls, ‘We can’t control what the other teams are going to do….we have to take care of our business first. Put yourself in a position to win. Believe in yourself, don’t set limits – YOU CAN do this!'”
This is the first National Championship win for Four Points Pop Warner Football and Cheer Association, nowin its 7th year of existence and the first National Championship for Central Texas Pop Warner as well. FPPW President Ross Britton said, “We are extremely proud of Coach Dionn, who has built this program from scratch over the past 7 years, and her staff and the girls on reaching the pinnacle of Pop Warner cheer! National Champions! Go Vipers!”
Larry Shaw, President of Central Texas Pop Warner added, “Four Points has been the measuring stick for not only Central Texas Pop Warner cheer programs but also for cheer in our Southwest Region. Now they are nationally recognized for consistency and outstanding performance. We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of the young ladies and the Viper Cheer staff. Way to go Vipers!”
JPW Black Viper Cheer consists of 17 members ranging in age from 8 to 11 from the Four Points area. Co-Captain Jessica Wills stated, “I feel so accomplished and happy that all our hard work paid off! We learned a lot of new things on a new team with a lot of new people. The coaches kept us all together and focused. It was the best experience for all of us girls learning to work together and WIN!” Co-Captain Rachel Jensen agreed and continued, “When they were announcing the place winners, Jess and I just kept thinking that we could be number 1, then when they said ‘Four Points Vipers’, I was so happy that we didn’t stop believing! I am so proud!”
JPW Black Viper Cheer members include Faith Anton, Kate Bogardus, Samantha Dupree, Emily Grace Evans, Julia Jennings, Rachel Jensen, Alina Kudrick, Kenzie Kudrick, Mecklyn Miller, Paige Radloff, Haley Sekel, Kirsten Tjelmeland, Taylor Vitek, Sophia Weedman, Jessica Wills, Jennavieve Wood and Sky Wynn and lead by Head Coach Dionn Schaffner, Asst. Coach Kristi Wynn and Asst. Coach Dee Dee Vitek and Team Mom Jodi Ifft.
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