JMHS Cheerleaders repeat their visit to STATE competition


Brianna Shannon and Lynzi Satterlee

The 2018–2019 Jackson-Milton cheerleaders are competing yet again this year. Last year they won the titles of grand champions, series champions, and state champions. They were very successful and are striving to be even better this coming year.  The girls practice every week to get prepared for these competitions.

The Lady Jays Cheerleading team competed in the OASSA Cheerleading championships held on the 2nd of March, 2019.  The Lady Jays who were the defending champions of the “B” division which is for schools with smaller enrollments.  Due to changes made by the OASSA in the past few weeks, the Lady Jays and all the smaller schools were forced to compete in the “A” division this year at  states.  The “A” division this year was made up of 19 teams with a majority of the schools coming from schools with enrollments triple the size or more when compared to number of students at Jackson-Milton.  This did not stop the Lady Jays from earning a top 4 finish out of the 19 schools competing in the Non-Tumble division. In fact, the top 3 teams were all schools that have some of the largest enrollments in the state of Ohio.

At the CheerTime Northeast Ohio Series Championships held at Warren Harding High School, The Lady Jays “Blue” team took first place and the “Black” team also took first place at this event. The “Black” team was also crown the series champions as well, for having the most points earned throughout the season at CheerTime competitions.

Coach Megan White states, “This group of girls work hard for what they earned, and are looking to do it again this year.”

The cheerleaders put on a enjoyable show that shows their skills and capability they have as a team together.  The cheerleaders always look forward to competing.  In addition to supporting their Blue Jays, it is the reason some of them became cheerleaders. Competing is a different type of way for the girls to work together as a team to put something amazing together. They turn a simple dance into a breathtaking performance.

Senior Johanna Burnside, the competition caption states, “We are coming back and better than ever.”  

The competitions are held anywhere in between the time of November through April. The girls have a long season ahead of them but they are devoted to finish strong and to make their hours of practice worth it. The Jackson-Milton cheerleaders have already competed at Kennywood, The Canfield Fair, and Pink Ribbon at YSU.

They are separated into two teams this year based off of skill levels. The blue team is the more learning team to build up their skills,  the black team is the more elite team with the higher skill levels.