Written by Levi Elliott and Emily Howser
“We went to camp to win the NCA Performance Top Team award, which we achieved, but winning the social media challenge was a welcome bonus,” said Head Cheer Coach Cindy Howser.
On Aug. 27 at 6:02 p.m. the Scottsburg High School Cheer Team was informed that they had won a nationwide social media challenge. In July, the team attended a National Cheerleading Association (NCA) cheer camp, at Indiana State University, where they were presented with said challenge. “When the staffers presented us with the challenge you could see that everyone on the team was determined to win. This is the most competitive squad we have had in a long time and I’m excited to see what our future holds,” said Abbey Lakins (12).
The challenge required them to make a decision, as a team, on how they were going to make a difference in the school system or the community. They were then told to follow through with their ideas, take action, and do something great. After that they had to share their “greatness” on social media in a video or photo by using the hashtag #GoBeGreat. The mission was simple, but the results were powerful. Cheerleaders from around the United States made a difference through various acts of kindness, from volunteering in the community to uplifting school spirit, they found creative ways to pass along positivity.
The Scottsburg Varsity Cheerteam literally “paid it forward” by distributing money adorned with a positive message and the mission’s hashtag. The initial post was made on July 22 by Emily Howser (12) where it was then retweeted fourteen times on Twitter. One month later on Aug. 24 the team was highlighted on varsity.com for their efforts, and then contacted three days later where they were informed that they were one of four teams across the nation to win the challenge. “We went to camp to win the NCA Performance Top Team award, which we achieved, but winning the social media challenge was a welcome bonus,” said Head Cheer Coach Cindy Howser.