Averett University's national championship cheer squad (photo courtesy Averett Athletics)

Prince, Averett cheer earn national championship

Former Polk County cheerleader Emily Prince can now call herself a national champion.

Prince and her Averett University cheerleading teammates won the Christian Cheer Nationals and Collegiate Championship, held Friday-Sunday in Fayetteville.

Averett cheer, competing in the CCA Collegiate All Girl Cheer Division, won the national championship for their division and the overall grand champion for all-girl cheer teams. Averett dance, competing in the CCA Collegiate Hip Hop Dance Division, also won the CCA national championship for its division.

“This moment is so humbling, so surreal and so well deserved,” said Shania Thorpe, Averett cheer and dance head coach. “Both teams have fought through so much to make it here. Not only did they prove it to themselves, they left with the recognition they deserve. Proud is an understatement on how I am feeling.”

For Averett cheer, it is the program’s third CCA national championship.

“The second we stepped off the mat, we were winners,” cheer freshman Jamie Lynskey said. “Competing with such a wonderful group of ladies and watching our coaches’ vision come alive and hitting it was the first win. So when we all heard we were the champions, it just made that feeling intensify. We did it, we made it and our hard work paid off.”

Former Polk County cheerleader Emily Prince (photo courtesy Elisa Flynn)