Winning awards and Ringling High School athletics have always gone hand-in-hand.

Winning awards and Ringling High School athletics have always gone hand-in-hand.

It should come as no surprise then that the same philosophy applies to the Lady Blue Devils cheer squad.

Earlier this summer in preparation for their upcoming football season, the RHS cheer squad traveled to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas for their annual UCA Camp.

Ringling managed to come away with several awards during the four day adventure, with two members being chosen to participate in a very special parade on New Years Day.

Junior squad members London Lewis and Raylee Pogue were both given the honor of being named All-American cheerleaders, with both girls receiving medals and the right to perform in the London New Years Day Parade this January. 

Making the honor even more special for the juniors was they were only two of 30 All-Americans chosen from the more than 600 cheerleaders participating at the camp. 

Two other members of the squad managed to earn a high honor as well during the camp.

Mascot Willa Bracken and Whitney Lester were each chosen for the “Pin It Forward” award during the second and third night of camp respectively.

A total of 15 cheerleaders are chosen each day out of the more than 600 attending the camp for the award, with the recipients being chosen based on their leadership skills and their showcase of helping others. Each one chosen is given a gold pin recognizing their accomplishment and encouraged to pin the goodwill forward as a sign of appreciation.

The golden pin wasn’t the only thing though that the new Ringling mascot brought home, as Bracken showed she had plenty of spirit and the skills to back it up.

Bracken was named as the top Mascot of the Day on the opening night of the camp, and was also awarded the “Traditions” Mascot Plaque at the end of the camp for her superior leadership and her ability to inspire and encourage the other mascots who were participating in the camp.

She was also given multiple Superior Ribbons for mascot evaluations, along with receiving a spirit stick every night of the camp.

As for the Ringling squad as a whole, the team competed against multiple other squads at the camp in Extreme Routine Dance and Game Day Competitions. The RHS team also received an overall spirit stick all three nights of camp, and was also awarded Superior Ribbons for their Sideline Extreme Routine and Cheer performance, along with earning a Superior trophy for their overall work during the duration of the camp. 

Ringling cheer will be at all Blue Devil football games this season.