FISD Cheer Brings the Spirit to State

Jan 25, 2021

UIL Spirit State Competition Graphic

Cheerleaders across Frisco ISD traveled to the Fort Worth Convention Center recently for the annual UIL Texas State Spirit Competition.

For the first time in District history, all FISD campuses were represented at the competition.

“It is the state competition, so it’s a big deal for all of us,” said Courtney McCartney, Wakeland HIgh School cheer coach. “The competition is kind of stressful and exciting at the same time!”

This year’s competition included strict guidelines that limited the number of squads and fans that could enter the facility at the same time.

District cheerleaders are no strangers to sacrifice and dedication as they embody both athleticism and artistic ability in the highly competitive sport.

Prior to this school year, cheerleading practices were held before and after school. The 2020-21 school year was the first year that cheerleaders at the high school level had a class period embedded in the school day.

The class period allows cheerleaders to practice and hone their cheers, dances, fight songs and prepare for the annual UIL Spirit Competition.

After an outstanding display of spirit from all Frisco ISD squads, the District snagged multiple well-earned Top 20 recognitions.

In the 5A Division One Championship, Liberty High School took 11th place, while Independence High School finished 17th and Heritage High School finished 20th out of almost 60 schools.

Out of more than 40 schools, Memorial High School finished 20th place in the 5A Division Two Championship.

Congratulations to the District top 20 teams and all the cheerleaders and their coaches on a job well done!

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