FHC Cheerleading Squad Wins State Championship

Posted on 11/11/2016

The Francis Howell Central High School (FHC) Varsity cheerleading squad made history on Saturday, Nov. 5, as they won the 2016 Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association State Championship in the “small-coed” division. This was the first championship in program history, after finishing in the “final four” in two previous seasons.

FHC Head Coach and cheerleading alumna Michelle Berryman said she is thrilled about the accomplishment. “It feels amazing,” she said. “I’m honestly still in shock. It’s an honor to coach such talented and hardworking athletes that I get to call my cheerleaders.”

The season had started off on a very successful note, when the FHC squad won the St. Louis Regional Championship in July. According to Berryman, the team had to endure a lot of injuries and sickness this season, but was able to pull through once regionals started.

“What a lot of people don’t know is that if we are missing one person at practice, it’s hard to make it meaningful,” she said. “Nobody can help being sick or injured, but that one person has a specific job and is usually irreplaceable.” In previous years, injuries have caused the team to change big parts of the routines, but this year, Berryman said they were fortunate that they “were able to continuously work on the same routine from regionals to state.” 

Cheer State Champions 2016Berryman gave a special shout-out to FHC Assistant Varsity Cheer Coach Erica McDevitt, who choreographed the winning routine all by herself.

“It takes countless hours to come up with an original routine that meets all requirements,” Berryman said. “A lot of squads hire someone to do this for them, however, we are extremely lucky to have someone so talented on our very own staff. It’s an honor to work with her.”

When asked what she is most proud of, Berryman raved about the squad’s attitude. “They continuously had their eye on the prize and didn’t let anything get in the way,” she said. “They cheered on their teammates and made sure they were always giving 110 percent at practices and games. I couldn’t ask for a better group of athletes.”

As if winning the state championship title isn’t enough, Jacob Bullock, the only male cheerleader on the FHC squad, also celebrated a personal highlight. “He threw the hardest run tumbling pass out of anyone that competed at state,” Berryman said. Overall, Berryman was proud to say that all the goals the team had set for this year had been achieved.

FHC Activities Director Scott Harris said that he is especially proud of the academic and civic achievements of the team. “This group also excelled in the classroom with a cumulative GPA of over 3.60, as well as taking part in community service projects where they give their time and resources for local charities,” he said. “They are a great source of pride and celebration for FHC and the Francis Howell School District.”

Now that the season is over, Berryman said the entire squad is looking to the future with confidence. “Our job is to create a program and family environment that athletes are proud to be a part of,” she said. “We are going to make sure we challenge those athletes to achieve the same goals as this year. We have a lot of talent coming back, so if we can continue to build on what we have done this year, we will be a contender again next year.”

Cheer Champions 2016

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