Southwest’s Amidon-Bowen Elementary School added another first place trophy to its collection! The Amidon-Bowen Cheerleading Team placed first in their division at the DCIAA cheerleading competition on Saturday, March 11. The team scored higher than eight other teams in the Elementary Novice division. From their high kicks to great facial expressions, the cheerleaders performed a high-energy routine for all to enjoy. Their hard work leading up to the competition was certainly evident on the mat.

The team consists of 15 girls ranging from first to fifth grade. They practiced four days per week to prepare for the competition. The team is led by Head Coach Christina Shelton and assistant coaches Artina Austin and Jenn Kordell, who are full-time employees at the school and volunteer after school to coach the cheerleading team. Shelton and Austin began coaching the team four years ago. This is the team’s first championship. “We are so proud of the girls! We cannot wait for Amidon to come back to defend their title next year!” Ms. Shelton said.

Next up, the team will continue to practice to prepare for a regional competition in May. The team will also focus on fundraising efforts to pay for registration and transportation costs for this competition. To support the cheerleading team, please contact Ms. Shelton at christina.shelton@dc.gov.

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