SHEBOYGAN — The Sheboygan South High School Cheer and Stunt Team will compete at Nationals in Florida this weekend.
In order to qualify for Nationals, the team first had to compete and qualify at a UCA regional competition, which was held in early December in Milwaukee. The talented athletes at South High pride themselves in being a competition team. Because of this, they practice more intense routines more often than other schools; anywhere between 2.5-3 hours a day, 4-5 days a week.
Another thing that sets them apart from other schools is that they have a co-ed cheer team, where there are not many Wisconsin teams that are co-ed. This year they have a total of 13 boys, which is more than they have had in the 14 years they have been a co-ed program according to Coach Ben Roelse.
This will be the fourth trip the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida for Sheboygan South. The team previously competed in 2013, 2014 and 2016 at Nationals. Students will be leaving on Wednesday for the event, held at Walt Disney World Resort.
Roelse said that planning for this trip started at the beginning of last summer with assessing the team and making goals for the year. Not to mention creating a quality routine and all of the countless hours of practices and performances. There is also quite a bit of planning for fundraisers so that the team can earn enough money to pay for registration fees, hotels and buses.
The team is 100% funded through fundraisers or the athletes themselves. Monetary donations is a great way to support them, along with attending their competitions or fundraising events.