By ED BANKS
News-Herald Sports Writer

CHICAGO – This past Sunday the Conotton Valley junior high cheering squad competed in the 2011 Great Lakes -“Ameri-Cheer – Championship Cheering Competition,” held at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. Following the competition, the squad would once again walk away with the Divisional First Place Trophy.
The competition in Chicago brings to a conclusion the annual tour for the group, however the 96.8 score obtained in the event represents the highest score ever accomplished by the team. “The girls were phenomenal,” said Advisor and Coach Dawn Mallernee. “During the second round, we lost a squad member due to an ankle injury during warm-ups, but the team went on to be consistent, while scoring a 96.”