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Cheers to 20 Years

This year, ACE celebrated its 20th anniversary at the 2019 Cheerleading Worlds. Alabama Cheer Elite (more commonly known as ACE), was founded in 1999 when Happy Hooper pitched an idea for a competitive cheerleading program to Paige Black and Susan Schwartz. Following a very successful first season, ACE tripled their competitive team lineup and added all age ranges. Hooper, Black, and Schwartz also added another partner, Susan Blankenship, and moved into a former basketball gymnasium. ACE remained in that gym until 2017, when they moved into a brand new training facility. This represented the culmination of decades of dedication and hard ... Read more

3 Cheers for Alma High School

At Alma High School, cheerleading means more than just performing new stunts and dances on Friday nights. Cheerleading means giving back, inspiring the next generation and using spirit to make an impact. Every year, the Alma cheerleaders host three free cheer clinics to mentor young children and serve as a positive influence in their lives. Stepping Stones to Success: The first clinic is held at Stepping Stone, which is a pre-school for special needs students who are still working on typical development. Every year for their “Sports Week” the Alma cheerleaders organize a pep rally and cheer clinic for the ... Read more

Mind Over Body

“There is no way I’m going to survive this practice.” We’ve all had that thought. Whether it’s in the middle of your third full-out routine or that last bit of conditioning your coach threw in, at some point, you’ve probably questioned whether or not you’d make it. News flash. You can, and you did! The phrase “mind over matter” is something you’ve likely heard before. The mind is an incredibly powerful tool, and when your body feels like collapsing, your mind can save you. But developing mental toughness takes work. Just as you condition your body to be strong, you ... Read more