Round Lake Middle School's cheerleaders put in a lot of preparation to advance their skills, which was evident during the Wildcats' boys basketball games and in their competition season.
They started their season attending summer camp practices, then practiced four to six times a week beginning in September, including five-hour sessions Saturdays starting in November.
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Along with further boosting their stunt skills in a special camp, the work paid off during the basketball and competition season.
For the second consecutive year, the squad took first place in Large Cheer Division at the Stevenson High School's Cheer Invitation. They also took first in the Large Cheer Division at Schaumburg High School/Conant High School Winter Melt Down at the Sears Centre Arena.
Continuing to work hard over winter break in preparation for state competition, the team placed second in the Large Cheer Division in a state cheerleading competition. They took the top spot by just 1.5 points.
Not only did the girls work hard for their cheer season, but they also worked at providing a charitable service to the community. The girls made fleece blankets that they donated to the Staben Center and Staben House, both in Waukegan.
These facilities provide transitional housing and assistance to achieve self-sufficiency for homeless men and women.
"We are very excited about the successful year we have had, and as the season has come to an end, we look back and are proud to say we have achieved all of our team goals for the year," coach Melissa Lenhoff said.