USAF cheerleaders scoop European title

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Lakenheath High School cheerleaders pose for a photo on the flightline March 15, 2012. (From left, top row) Alexa Gorham, Kimberly Cowderoy, Treyvon Bradsher, Alysha Brooks, Mackenzie Hall, Susanna Renfrow (captain), (from left, bottom row), Erin Butler, Ashley Catallanos, Rebecca Rodriguez and Darian Crowley (captain). The LHS cheerleaders won first place during the 2012 Department of Defense Dependent Schools Division 1 European Championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Feb. 25, 2012. In addition to their first place win, they also brought home the Spirit Award, which is given to the school with the most spirit, and four individual All Tournament Cheerleader awards.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lausanne Morgan)
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Lakenheath High School cheerleaders pose for a photo on the flightline March 15, 2012. (From left, top row) Alexa Gorham, Kimberly Cowderoy, Treyvon Bradsher, Alysha Brooks, Mackenzie Hall, Susanna Renfrow (captain), (from left, bottom row), Erin Butler, Ashley Catallanos, Rebecca Rodriguez and Darian Crowley (captain). The LHS cheerleaders won first place during the 2012 Department of Defense Dependent Schools Division 1 European Championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Feb. 25, 2012. In addition to their first place win, they also brought home the Spirit Award, which is given to the school with the most spirit, and four individual All Tournament Cheerleader awards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lausanne Morgan)
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CHEERLEADERS from Lakenheath and Mildenhall USAF bases have brought home the medals from a European-wide competition.

The team, who all attend Lakenheath High School, took first place at the 2012 Department of Defense Dependent Schools Division I European Championships in Wiesbaden.

In addition, they won the Spirit Trophy, for the school with the most spirit out of the 28 teams competing, plus four individual medals awarded to Ashley Castellanos, Treyvon Bradsher and team captains Susanna Renfroe and Darian Crowley.

One of their coaches, Sean Smith, left a week before the competition and cheerleader Alexa Gorham said: “We were pretty happy when we won because then we can tell him, ‘look what you did, you built us up and now we did this for you.’ We really appreciated everything that he

did and we couldn’t have done it without him.”

The high school’s cheerleading team consists of 10 members, the maximum for a Division I school.

The week-long competition consisted of multiple events, including cheering for a game and performing a routine in front of judges.