EHS cheerleaders earn national championship

The Enterprise High School Cheerleading squad are the 2021 Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Cheerleading Champions. Under the direction of coaches Carly Pollard and Mallory Foster, the squad took top honors in Orlando, Fla. The squad’s seniors, kneeling from left, are Lauren Bailey, Lindsey Bailey, Madyson Reavis, Tatum Taylor,  Mary Harlin Charlton and Emily Littel . In the middle, from left, are Chloe Belden, Emma Beth Woodall, Caroline Cotter, Peyton Hooks, Grayson Cook, Jade Belden, Brooke Elrod, Bailie Johnson and Emma Howell. In back, from left, are Brooklynn Michael, Sarah Kate Phillips, Myah Wise, Emma Jo Tice, Alli Grace McCarthy, Brooke Belden, Kadance Langford and Presley Thomas. 

“By far the most talented team I have ever coached.”

That’s the assessment of Carly Pollard as she reflects on the Enterprise High School Cheerleading Squad that returned to the City of Progress after earning a national championship.

Pollard is the Head Cheerleading Coach at EHS. She and Mallory Foster coach the EHS cheer squad that returned home April 25 after winning the 2021 Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla.

“After placing seventh last year, we had a goal this season,” Pollard said. “This is, by far, the most talented team I have ever coached.

“Despite the obstacles of this crazy year, this team never stopped,” she added. “They had a goal and they didn’t stop until they reached that goal.

“They are most hardworking and talented girls I have ever coached. I am so proud of them. This year goes down in history for Enterprise Cheerleading,” said Pollard, who is in her third season as head coach. 

“Of course, we are extremely proud of our Enterprise High School Wildcat cheerleaders for this great accomplishment,” said Mayor William E. Cooper, a retired Enterprise City School System instructor. “The EHS cheerleaders have a tradition of excellence and have been recognized statewide and nationally on several occasions, but winning a national championship is really something special. 

“Encouraging and creating school spirit is a vital role that a cheerleading squad plays, but our squad goes beyond even that, combining cheering with stunting and, in other cases, tumbling as well. So this UCA competition was a great opportunity for our squad members to shine not just for their cheering but for their athleticism. We are pleased and proud that these students are recognized for their hard work,” Cooper said.

The UCA is the largest cheerleading camp company in the world. UCA trains over 180,000 cheerleaders every summer at over 3,200 sessions across the country,

On the squad are seniors Lauren Bailey, Lindsey Bailey, Madyson Reavis, Tatum Taylor, Mary Harlin Charlton and Emily Littel. Also on the championship cheerleading squad are Chloe Belden, Emma Beth Woodall, Caroline Cotter, Peyton Hooks, Grayson Cook, Jade Belden, Brooke Elrod, Bailie Johnson and Emma Howell, Brooklynn Michael, Sarah Kate Phillips, Myah Wise, Emma Jo Tice, Alli Grace McCarthy, Brooke Belden, Kadance Langford and Presley Thomas.

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