This year's Skyview High School cheerleaders were busy making waves this summer.
In July, the Skyview Cheerleading and Stunt team attend a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp at the University of California-Los Angeles. The squad had worked to raise the funds for this cheer and stunt camp since April.
This is the first year the squad featured a real stunting team that included four male cheerleaders. The Skyview squad was the only squad from out of state at the camp and was one of only three squads to have a stunt team. The Billings team had most male participants.
Skyview came home with three trophies, including most improved junior varsity squad and most superior varsity squad. JV cheerleader Darrian Haynie and varsity cheerleader Jordan LeClair were invited to compete at a national championship in Texas later this year.
Two of the boys also won individual awards.
Junior Kylee Pierce, a JV cheerleader, went to the UCA competition with her squad this summer and thought it did the team a lot of good.
"It was a really good bonding experience to have with each other," she said. "We really learned to work together."
The camp not only tightened up the squad's routines, it increased members' confidence.
"This summer really got us going," Kylee said.
During the summer, the squad practiced each day at 6 a.m. At some points, team members practiced twice a day.
"It prepared us well," Kylee said.
The summer in L.A. also gave the squad members an edge when it came to their dances and building bigger and better stunts.
"It's a challenge, but I think we can do it," Pierce said.
The team this year also has some experienced stunters as well as dancers.