If you are going to bring home some hardware from camp, you might as well do it in style.

If you are going to bring home some hardware from camp, you might as well do it in style.

For the Sulphur High School co-ed cheer squad, this is simply just normal for them.

Earlier this summer, head coach Destiny Baker and her two-time defending academic state champion cheer squad made its way to Norman for camp.

Sulphur came back with multiple awards in motions, coed stunts, and group stunts. 

There was also the small matter of hoisting the championship cup along with perfect performance, superior sportsmanship, magnificent motions, and dynamic dance team awards.

Also, multiple members of the squad were chosen to be apart of the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November in Times Square due to being selected for All-Star cheer recognition. 

Those members are Jordan Goodman, Jaycee Meeks, Payton Massey, Tessa Davis, Faith Howe, Taryn Allen, Victoria York, Briley Minor, Kyrtleigh Snow, Presley McClure, Lily Borders, Kirby Snow, Hannah Harden, Kinsey Harper and John Miller.

“I’m so proud of my team and all the awards they brought home from camp,” coach Baker said. “Camp is the first event we do as a team, so it’s great to see them perform good and get recognized for it at the same time. There are a lot of good teams at camp so it’s awesome to have some of our team members win individual awards.” 

For Hannah Harden, being chosen to go to Times Square in New York City to perform was simply a dream come true.

“It’s such an honor to be selected to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” she said. “I can only imagine what the feeling is going to be like performing on the huge stage in front of thousands of people and being on television. I’m so blessed that cheer provides these types of opportunities for people like me.”

Freshman Kyrtleigh Snow added being chosen for the annual Thanksgiving Day tradition was the culmination of three years of hard work for her.

“Knowing these last three years of hard work has led me to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade makes me feel really special,” she said. “Performing on the big stage will be like a dream come true for me knowing I was chosen to do what I love in front of thousands of people across the nation.”

While the honors were special for some of the squad, they admitted the best part of being a member of Sulphur cheer is getting to influence so many young lives each and everyday.

“It’s such an honor being a role model for all the little kids and seeing how we impact them,” Kinsey Harper said. “I’m more than proud to be a Sulphur Bulldog. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing smiles on little girls’ faces as they watch us at pep rallies and football games.” 

“A simple smile means so much to these little girls,” Kaytee Waters said. “All of these little girls look up to us and recognize us around town no matter what we’re doing. It’s humbling to be someone’s role model.”

Other members of the squad have high hopes for this upcoming season, as Sulphur looks to once again be in the top-five overall standings at the state competition, and repeat as state academic champions for the third straight year. 

“Anything is possible with hard work and good team work,” Hannah Harden said. “I can’t wait to see the outcome this season on the mats.”