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Harper Cheer Teams Shine at Southern National Championships
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • Posted March 15, 2013

In a never ending sea of glitter, curls and bows, the Empowered! Cheer Teams from Harper, TX, competed at the National Cheerleading Championships. Empowered! Cheer Teams are comprised of athletes from Harper, Junction, Ingram, Mason, Canyon Lake, and Mountain Home. Their Coach, Wende Jones Leuba started her first Harper Cheer Team in August of 2012, Empowered! Green Team.

“Empowered! created a second Team, Empowered! Purple in January and went to Nationals with only four practices under our belt,” Wende said. “This was their very first competition!” The small town, inexperienced cheerleaders showed no fear as they took center stage under the spotlights and critical eyes of judges and thousands of spectators in the Alamo Dome. Empowered! Purple had really pulled together as a team in a very short amount of time. Wende said, “These kids are tight. Like a family, they know they can trust and depend on each other.”

With smiles on their faces, they walked out on the floor and acted as though they had done this hundreds of times. They too had a few bobbles Friday night but regrouped and did their best performance ever Saturday morning earning an incredible fourth place trophy in their first competition! Both teams have competitions coming up at Galveston and Fiesta Texas. When you see these kids please give them a pat on the back for representing their communities so well.

Empowered cheer teams are hosting a raffle. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by any team member. The drawing will be held on May 11, 2013 and you need not be present to win.

1st Prize: AXIS HUNT in Mountain Home Texas

2nd Prize: AR-15 Panther ARMS DPMS

3rd Prize: Yetti Cooler - 65 Quart w/LOCK

4th Prize: Autographed Item From Lance Berkman (Played For Astros) Now Plays for The Ranger’s

Purple Team:

Addi Jones, Hailey Johnston, Alex Row - Mason, Jenna Johnson - Mason, Alana and Jenna Evans - Mason, Sara Peyton Dospapas - Mason, Courtney Hanscheck - Mason, Jatelyn Waite - Mason, Aselyn Aguirre, Emily Holekamp, Trynati Gonzales, Kaylei Diefenbadi, Layla Gruver, Lindsey Level, Sterling Smith - Mason.

Green Team:

Addi Jones, Hailey Johnston, Delanie Dunning, Savanna Bennett, Sloan Spenrath, Talli Millican, Abby Walker, Gabriel and Alicia Molina, Casaleah Coyne, Jayci and Annie Harper, Julie Krebs, Lexy Rodriguez.

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