Four Cabot spirit squad members participated in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games last week at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Dancers Ashley Bingham and Jessica Doss were members of the combined all-star team while cheerleaders Taylor Sales and Maddy Gerald cheered for the East in the basketball game at the Farris Center on Thursday and the football game at Estes Stadium on Friday.
Ashley Bingham was named the most outstanding dancer for the East squad.
“I was honored be awarded the MVP for the East All-Star dance team,” she said. “All-stars was such an amazing experience and I am so happy that I got the chance to perform next to all the other amazing all-star dancers. We worked really hard to be able to get ready to perform at the all-star games and, in the end, we all walked with huge smiles on our face, knowing that we put on the best show possible. I am so proud of what we all accomplished as a team.”
Bingham said she was honored to be chosen an all-star.
“To be able to represent Cabot High School one last time was so amazing and the experience was definitely once in a lifetime. I loved being able to connect with the other girls who have the same passion as I do and practicing and performing with the other all-stars was definitely an incredible experience.”
Bingham will attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in August, majoring in broadcast journalism.
“I can’t wait to start my career training in college,” she said.
The all-star games were the final time that Bingham will perform.
“Being an all-star dancer was bittersweet because it was my last time to perform as a dance team member,” she said. “I will always keep training in dance and I will be teaching dance throughout college to hopefully get some younger dancers ready to become all-stars like me in the future.”
Jessica Doss said she was honored to be an all-star dancer.
“I am extremely honored that I was chosen to be part of the 2013 all-star dance team,” Doss said. “I had a blast. Even thought it was tough physically at times, I loved every minute of it.”
Doss will attend UCA this fall, majoring in health sciences with an emphasis on physical therapy.
Doss said she will not dance in college.
“Sadly, this was one of my last performances,” she said. “However, I would love to somehow keep dance in my life.
“It was an honor to represent Cabot High School one last time.”
Maddy Gerald said she enjoyed her all-star cheer experience.
“I had such a great time,” she said. “I enjoyed meeting senior girls that had my same interests. It was such an honor to be one of the few girls from the East chosen to be an all-star.”
Gerald will be a cheerleader this fall for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
“My cheer career isn’t over yet, thankfully,” Gerald said. “I’ll be cheering on the Hogs at the U of A next year. Whoo Pig!”
Taylor Sales said her all-star experience was “one to remember.”
“I’m so glad that Maddy and I went together to represent CHS,” she said. “We made good memories and great new friends. It was an honor to be chosen because it proves that we are some of the best cheerleaders in the state.”
Sales will attend Arkansas State University this fall, hoping to become a veterinarian so she can “help animals in need.”
Sales said she will be cheering for a summer team, which is going to Padre Island to compete in late July.
“I also plan to cheer in college after my freshman year,” she said.
Sales also thanked her high school cheer coaches — Katherine Tripp and Janet Sumler — “for being the best coaches and for giving me this opportunity to be an all-star cheerleader.”