GREENVILLE – The 24th annual Great Darke County Fair cheerleading competition brought some of the area’s finest cheerleading individuals and teams together to the delight of a large crowd in front of the grandstand on the opening day of the 2014 fair.
Thirteen schools made up the competition with Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Lincolnview, Mississinawa Valley, National Trail and Tri-Village picking up first-place finishes in the eight-category event.
A field of nine teams made up the final event of the day, competing for the large varsity cheer competition championship trophy. Covington and Lincolnview were announced to a waiting crowd and cheerleading squads as finishing in a tie for second place.
With the much anticipation it was announced over the grandstand speakers that the Greenville Green Wave had claimed the first place large varsity cheer competition trophy.
“It is big,” Greenville co-varsity cheerleading advisor Carol Paul said. “The girls worked very hard all summer. We started in June as soon as school was out. They have had several practices a week. The girls have done very well.”
“Amazing … exciting,” Greenville senior cheerleader Carrie Roessner said.
“With the varsity pulling it out, it really hits home because it was our last time competing at the fair. I’m just really happy,” senior Alyssa Baumgardner said.
“I am just so excited that we pulled through and won,” Greenville senior Kimmy Martin added. “It’s exciting.”
The Green Wave’s fourth senior on the varsity squad, Ashley Mikesell, ended with, “It makes me so proud. I’m glad that everyone come together and pull together. We did awesome.”
The first place trophy in the large varsity dance competition went to Franklin Monroe followed by Tri-Village in second place and Mississinawa Valley coming in third.
First place in the junior high cheer went to Lincolnview with Tri-Village taking second and National Trail finishing in the third position.
Pee wee cheer had Tri-Village youth varsity taking first place, Ansonia second and Arcanum Elementary third.
National Trail and Tri-Village Youth finished one and two in the pee wee dance competition.
Lincolnview took first place in both the junior high and the high school individual competition with Kylie Hohman winning the junior high and Kelsea Allenbaugh taking home the high school trophy.
“Hats off to all the squads that came today,” Greenville advisor Paul said. “They work as hard as we do. We are very proud of our girls, and we are as proud of everybody else that competed today as well.”