(Seguin) -- Seguin has plenty to cheer about. The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees recently recognized the Seguin High School Competitive Cheer Squad for bringing home second place overall in the State 5A Division I competition. The group of girls performed at the UIL State Spirit Competition in Fort Worth earlier this month.
Trustee John Holt, who has two daughters on the cheer squad, has been a strong supporter of the group. Holt helped to publicly congratulate the cheerleaders, their coaches and everyone who made the accomplishment possible.
"They are leaders in our schools. They have the incredibly hard job of keeping spirits up no matter what is taking place with the team that you are cheering on. They are student athletes that put forth just as much if not more effort than any other sport on campus and until 2016, cheer wasn't even considered a sport of UIL. Three years ago, they started attending the UIL State Spirit Championship. That year, they took 14th out of over 100 teams. The next year, they scored third and
brought back the bronze medal and we recognized them last year, but that wasn't good enough. These girls, this year went out, left it all on the mat and brought even more pride back to Seguin," said Holt.
Holt says what is even more impressive is that the squad literally has one chance to get it right and right is exactly what they mastered.
"I know that you get one shot, one day only to make it work. There's no second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter, you got to lay it all on the line, one time and one time only. You all have done great things. Just a note to the community, they took second only by .15 (15-hundreths of a point). I've watched a lot of cheer performances and all the parents discussed that this was a flawless presentation out here. Thank you girls for representing us well," said Holt.
Coach Suzanne Zink she's not surprised by the dedication that these cheerleaders put into not only their practices but also the final product.
"This team worked extremely well together. They knew what they were going to have to give this year because they were top ranked last year. They placed third. So all of our old members really pushed the freshman to carry the weight on the team. Everyone rose to the occasion. Coach (Taylor) Winters and I couldn't be more proud of this team's success. They strived all the way through preliminaries to finals. We are greatly proud of them. They are such an amazing group and worked so hard and achieved amazing things this season," said Zink.
The cheerleaders plus their coaches were recognized during a recent meeting of the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees.