TOPEKA — The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA), in conjunction with Varsity Spirit announced its newest statewide competition for high school students, KSHSAA Spirit Gameday Showcase.
Cheer squads from throughout the state will compete Nov. 18 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.
Squads from Arkansas City, Winfield and Oxford are among those competing.
The 2017 KSHSAA Game Day Spirit Showcase Competition allows KSHSAA member school cheer squads to perform and compete with other school cheer squads from within their classification.
The Varsity Spirit “Game Day” format was chosen by the KSHSAA as a way to exemplify cheerleading in 21st-century high schools. In preparing for the showcase, cheer squads will improve their sideline skills, safety techniques and leadership abilities. These practices validate the importance of an outstanding high school cheerleading squad.
“The KSHSAA is excited to conduct this inaugural cheerleading showcase event and provide an opportunity for hundreds of Kansas high school students who choose cheerleading as their primary activity. We look forward to an exciting day of cheerleading competition,” said Gary Musselman, KSHSAA Executive Director.
Eighty-seven have entered into the showcase on a first-come, first-serve basis with representation from all six current classifications. Find a full list of schools at www.kshsaa.org/Public/Spirit/pdf/gamedayschools17.pdf.
“It is Varsity Spirit’s honor and privilege to partner with the KSHSAA in facilitating the first-ever Game Day Spirit Showcase Competition.
The event will provide an unforgettable experience for those participating and the Game Day format encourages important collaboration between student groups in the effort of school spirit, which greatly impacts the culture of a school,” said Jamie Graham, Southwest Region Manager for Varsity Spirit.
A full Saturday of competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cheer squads will complete three different categories in the preliminary rounds: Crowd Leading, Fight Song and Band Dance. Judges will then determine which squads will move to the finals to complete, where each team will showcase its best sideline and crowd-leading material in a game-day presentation that will include an announcer-led situational game day element. A full schedule can be found at www.kshsaa.org/Public/Spirit/PDF/ShowcaseSchedule.pdf.