(Editor's note: The following was provided by Falls Church High School.)
The Falls Church High School Competition Cheer Squad just entered their new conference and did so with an explosive entrance! On Oct. 23, in front of a large crowd at Mount Vernon High School, they performed their routine with perfection.
Stunts, tumbles, flips, catches—all of it came together in a dynamic performance that has Falls Church High School going down on the record books as the first Capitol Conference Champions. The Jaguars had to beat opponents that included Edison, Jefferson, Lee, Marshall, Mount Vernon, Stuart, and Wakefield High School.
However, the cheer squad not only had to deal with new opponents in a new conference (due to VHSL new classifications), but they had to do this with a brand new coaching staff after having seven years with the previous coaches.
This fall they hired Head Coach Bea Codjoe (graduate of Lee High School, former cheer coach at Lee HS, and current dance director for the Washington Eagles dance team) and Assistant Jessica Brown.
Expectations were high—the Jaguars were District Champions in 2010 (when they had zero deductions and a perfect performance) and runners-up in 2011. With most of the squad returning from the previous season, athletes had to get used to a brand new coaching style. They practiced six days a week and went by the motto “No Excuses, No Regrets”—giving it everything they had each and every practice.
Head Coach Bea Codjoe is very proud of her new squad. “I am proud and honored to be a Jaguar. We have accomplished so much this season and the best is yet to come.” Coach Codjoe went on to say that the seven seniors on the squad played a huge role in their success. She also pays respect to the three captains: Moriah Dreisbach, Sydney Seol, and Brittany Pak, stating that their leadership helped serve as a backbone to the squad.
Assistant Coach Brown described the season as triumphant, saying that despite defeats, setbacks, and injuries, the team pulled together for this win. “Nothing can top that feeling of being a conference winning coach your first time.”
The Jaguars go on to compete in the 2013 5A Regional Championship Saturday, at Mount Vernon High School at 7 p.m.
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