The Liberty Christian cheerleaders were named back-to-back TAPPS state champions after they performed at the state competition at the Waco Convention Center on Oct. 5.
Just last year, TAPPS introduced a State Cheer Competition, and Liberty won the state championship in the inaugural year of the contest. After competing this year, Coach Stephanie Jones learned that Liberty cheer won its second straight state title.
“We are so grateful to the Liberty family for all of its love and support,” said Coach Jones. “It means the world to us!”
Four cheerleaders were also selected to the TAPPS All-State Team. Shelby Baker and Kalli Psaromatis were named to the 1st team, Britain Seago was named to the 2nd team, and Callie Curtis received honorable mention.
Liberty Christian is a member of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) in its largest classification, 5A, and students compete in more than 20 academic, fine arts, and athletic state contests throughout the year. The school that attains the most points through these competitions wins the overall state championship, the Henderson Cup, which Liberty has won the last three years and 10 times in school history.
At the 5A cheerleading competition, schools were divided by how many athletes were on each squad. Liberty competed in Division I, which has 21 or more cheerleaders on the team. Division II schools had 14–20 cheerleaders, and Division II had 1–13 cheerleaders. Coach Jones said that her team’s score was higher than any squad in all three divisions, totaling 49 schools.