Cyclone cheer goes ‘Herkie’ at NCA camp; Cook awarded All-American Mascot

Photo courtesy of Janet Brooks Maggi Cook, chosen as NCA All-American Mascot, Best All-Around Mascot and Best Prop Artist, shows off her trophy.

Photo courtesy of Janet Brooks
Maggi Cook, chosen as NCA All-American Mascot, Best All-Around Mascot and Best Prop Artist, shows off her trophy.

MEMPHIS – Traveling to Texas Tech University for the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) cheer camp, the Memphis High School Cyclone cheerleaders proved that Memphis, while deeply rooted in football, basketball and baseball, is also a cheerleading town.

Competing against cheerleading squads from all over the state, seniors Zoe Castillo, Kelbi Lindley and Sarah Lindley, juniors Braylee Brook, Audrey Chavera and Maggie Cook, sophomores Macaela Graham and Emma Tally and freshman Aileen Martinez banded together to receive multiple individual and team awards, including the Herkie.

For those unfamiliar with the world of cheerleading, the Herkie Team Award, named after Lawrence Herkimer, the founder of the NCA and a former SMU cheerleader, is the top award given to a team during the NCA Cheer Camp. Awarded to only one cheerleading team, the honor is given to the team that exemplifies the qualities of leadership, teamwork, values and sportsmanship the entire time they are at camp.

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