Midlothian cheerleaders proved fierce competition at the UIL state spirit championships last weekend in Fort Worth with both Midlothian High and Midlothian Heritage finishing in the top 20 of their respective divisions.
Midlothian High School finished 15th in 5A Division I while Midlothian Heritage High School placed 10th in 4A Division I.
“My assistant coach and I choreographed our dances and the girls have put in countless hours of practice and hard work to prepare for the competition,” said Midlothian Heritage coach Kelsey Mayfield in a previous interview with The Mirror.
The state championship judged the cheerleaders on three categories: band dance, fight song and situational chant (offense or defense).
The Panther cheer team spent months preparing for the completion after competing in the UCA completion in November. In that meet, the Panther squad finished second in their division, which coach Joyce Griffith knew the girls were ready.
“Our team’s drive and commitment, along with energy and spirit...set us apart from the competition on Saturday,” Griffith said, in a previous interview with The Mirror.
The Jaguar cheer team was composed of 20 cheerleaders while 30 cheerleaders competed for the Panthers in the 5A division against tough competition like Waxahachie and Red Oak.
*An earlier version of this article inaccurately reported that Midlothian High School placed 18th in their division and Midlothian Heritage High School placed 14th. The article has been changed to reflect the correct scores. The Midlothian Mirror regrets this error.