Noblesville High School Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleaders have something big to cheer about.
Both had undefeated seasons and went on to win a State Championship.
It’s the first time in school history that the Junior Varsity won, and it’s the third time for the Varsity cheerleaders.
“We are beyond excited the girls were able to take home such an esteemed accomplishment, especially during times like this,” said Ali Beaver, who
co-head coaches the Cheerleading teams with Crystal Scott.
“As a coaching staff, we feel the girls did so well this season due to their time spent dedicated to their skills and their teammates on and off the mat,” she said.
The Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleading teams started the season with virtual tryouts, virtual 6 a.m. summer workouts and virtual team meetings.
When the squads received the green light for in-person practice, they hit the ground running. The cheerleaders had their temperatures taken daily and they were monitored for any symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease).
NHS’s cheerleading competition teams practiced four days a week and cheered at football games on Fridays or Saturdays.
With the COVID-19, the traditional in-person competition season became a virtual competition season.
Cheerleading routines were videoed and submitted most often by a Friday with awards to follow on Sunday or Monday.
“In the short breath, these athletes work nonstop for the sport they are passionate about,” Beaver said. “Beyond that, many of our girls are part of all-star teams and hold jobs. So oftentimes, they left our practices to go to other practices, tumbling classes or to work.”
Beaver said this was the first season that the Noblesville Cheerleading program submitted seniors to be evaluated for the All-State Team. Each year, senior students are eligible to submit application videos as part of the Indiana All-State Cheer Team selection process, she said. Applicant videos are scored on a rubric and the Top 12-scoring individuals are named to the All-State team. Each member of the 2020 Indiana All-State Cheer Team received an All State patch and a $250 scholarship.
“Three of the 12 All-State team members are our very own,” Beaver said. NHS’s three All-State Team members were Jackie Lawrence, Mary Loudermilk and MaKenna Melott.
“These seniors are incredible athletes and leaders, and we will truly miss them in the program (when they graduate this school year). We are so proud of them being selected for the All-State Team and that their legacies will live on,” she said.
The NHS cheerleading teams this year were filled with freshman to seniors. Junior Varsity had nine girls on the mat, and Varsity had 12 girls on the mat. Due to injuries, NHS competed with eight for state performance. “This season, with competitions being virtual, we focused heavily on clean routines with minimal error as we felt this would be the major key to success,” Beaver said.
“Noblesville has had a great history of success in their cheerleading program,” she said. The Varsity cheerleaders were state champions in 2016, 2017 and now in 2020 and state runners-up in 2018 and 2019. They were also CICC 2020 Varsity A division winners, CICC 2020 Overall Grand Champions, Lake Central Cheer Championship 2020 Varsity A division winners and Overall Grand Champions.
“This is the first time in the school's history that our JV Cheerleading Competition team has won at the ICC State Competition,” Beaver said. Hamilton County traditionally each year always holds the top-five places in Varsity A, which is schools with more than 1,600 students.
Beaver, a 2015 NHS graduate, was a member of the first NHS Varsity State Cheerleading team, as a senior. The team placed third. While cheering at NHS, Beaver was a six-time Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) All American Cheerleader. Beaver went on to cheer four years at Butler University. This is her first season as the co-head coach of the Noblesville Millers Cheerleading Team.
Scott is in her sixth season coaching Noblesville Cheerleading, with Scott’s first season being 2014 when Beaver was a senior. That team placed third. Scott was a UCA staff member during college and coached multiple different high schools before moving back to Indiana. She had major success with former teams at the national level. Scott always said when first hired at NHS, “give me three years to win,” Beaver said. “That she did.”

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