Consortium High School recently hosted the first annual Detroit PAL School Cheerleading Competition. A sold-out crowd of more than 800 fans filled the gym to watch 18 teams jump, shout and tumble their way to victory. More than 270 athletes participated in this event.
In the Junior Varsity Team Division, the Academy of Southfield, Chandler Park Academy, Bates Academy and Michigan Technical Academy competed against each other. With a total score of 389, Bates Academy took home the top spot in the competition. Behind Bates was Chandler Park, which finished with a total score of 367. Academy of Southfield came in third with a total score of 341, and MTA rounded out the competition with a fourth-place score of 336.
In the Varsity Team Division, 14 schools vied for the top stop in the competition. Among them were Academy of Southfield, Bates Academy, Chandler Park Academy, Detroit Edison Public School Academy, Dove Academy, Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (F.L.I.C.S), Gaudior Academy, Hamilton, Joy Prepatory Academy, Michigan Technical Academy, Shulze, Taylor International Academy, University Prep Academy and Woodward Academy. But only one school could earn first place.
That was Bates Academy. Bates earned top billing with a total score of 421. Finishing just 10 points behind Bates was MTA, with a total score of 411. Finishing in third place, a mere two points behind MTA, was Chandler Park. CPA cheered its way to a 409 tally. With a score of 392, Woodward Academy finished in fourth place.
“It was an awesome first for Detroit PAL to host middle school cheer,” said Detroit PAL Cheer Commissioner Glenda Stancil. “The athletes were very excited; the operation of competition went well. There were no problems at all.”
Stancil said that parents made very positive comments regarding the first-year event, and many said they want more cheerleading. She has big plans for the future of the completion as there are plans to add high schools to the field. But until then, Stancil said she is proud of what unfolded this year and is already eager for next year’s competition to outdo this year’s.
“I look forward to next year,” she said. “Being bigger, better, the best.”