Champions! Chapin, Dutch Fork High cheer take home state championships
IRMO – Chapin and Dutch Fork varsity cheerleaders once again reign supreme as the Eagles and Silver Foxes clinched state championships on November 18 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.
“What an exciting moment to win a state championship and continue the tradition of excellence at Chapin High School,” said Chapin cheer coach Vicki Williams. “Our girls practice many, many weeks to prepare for this moment. We are so proud of them for representing Chapin High School in a first-class manner.”
This marks the Eagles 12th state championship under Williams, who took over the program in 2002. Chapin has now won nine state titles in the past 10 years.
“Coach Williams and the entire cheer program are the epitome of our ‘One Heartbeat’ mantra here at Chapin High School,” said principal Dr. Akil Ross. “It truly is remarkable to see the level of excellence they maintain year after year. We congratulate our varsity cheer program and thank our parents and school community for their continued support!”
The Silver Foxes celebrated their second straight title under coach Katie Nunnery. It is their third in four years.
“Anytime you face the level of competition that we do, being crowned state champions means so much,” Nunnery said. “In any competition, it is extremely difficult to win a championship, let alone back-to-back. Our girls work so hard on their craft and they certainly deserve it!”
Dutch Fork High principal Dr. Gerald Gary was all smiles after the performance and said, “I couldn’t be more proud of Coach Nunnery and our cheer team. They demonstrated perseverance and dedication throughout the year, and in the end all their hard work paid off. Thanks to all of our parents and those who have supported our cheer teams over the years!”