The Northern Oklahoma College Jets Cheerleading Squad attended the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) College Cheerleading Camp this past August at Oklahoma City University. The primary purpose of the camp was to qualify for NCA College Nationals which will be held in Daytona Beach, Fla. in April 2014.
Ten teams attended the two day camp, including Grambling State University, Oklahoma City University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Texas Wesleyan, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and others. Northern was by far the smallest squad at this camp with 14 cheerleaders. Most other schools had between 20 and 30 squad members. The Jets, competing at this camp for the first time in school history, finished tied for third and qualified for the NCA College Nationals.
During the two day camp, the Jets Cheerleaders learned new stunts, chants, and pyramids to bring back to campus. The final day of camp was a competition between all divisions. Camp competition is usually split into Division I, Division II and Junior College. However, the decision was made that all divisions would hold a single competition for the four bids.
The Jets learned and performed their Game Day routine at camp, adding their own crowd leading chants and stunts. Coach Quintero said of the Jets camp performance, “I believe we looked very good. Especially since we have seven freshman on the team, who, at that point, had never taken a college class. We were a very young team going against a lot of older and bigger teams.”
The bid winners were:
1. Grambling State University (NCA College National Finals qualifier in 2013)
2. Oklahoma City University (NCA College National Champions in 2013)
3. Tied Northeastern Oklahoma State University (NCA College Nationals 3rd place in 2013)
3. Tied Northern Oklahoma College-Enid (First Year at camp)
The NOC Enid Jets tied for 3rd place against three teams that either won College Nationals or made it to finals. Coach Quintero added, “We had a great showing at camp and had a lot of compliments about how good we looked. Our goal is to make it to Finals at Nationals this year. This will be a tough thing to do because we are looking at having 25 teams in our division. As a squad we are very confident in our ability.”
The Jets Cheer squad is currently raising funds to help pay for the NCA College Nationals in April. Anyone interested in supporting their efforts can contact Coach Josh Quintero at firstname.lastname@example.org.