Mount Carmel cheer posts first-place finish at Midwest Open Championship; earn pair of awards

Photo via Amy Blake -- Mount Carmel's cheerleaders pose for a photo following their first-place finish at the National Cheerleaders Association's Midwest Open Championship. The Lady Aces also received awards for "the best use of jumps" and "technical excellence" in their routine.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Mount Carmel High School's student-athletes have posted some incredible results already this season and the school's cheerleading team certainly wasn't an exception to that already steady success.

The team, which puts on a show for fans at the Hilltop with their high flying, athletic routine prior to Aces basketball games, traveled to St. Charles, Mo. to compete in the National Cheerleaders Association's Midwest Open Championship on Sunday evening where they earned several accolades.

Mount Carmel finished first in their division in the championship, and additionally received awards for "the best use of jumps" and "technical excellence" in their routine.

"I’m just so proud of this group of athletes, and what they have accomplished," Mount Carmel Cheer Coach Amy Blake spoke of her team. "I don’t think most people realize the amount of time they put in, on top of cheering at games, to prepare for competition. They only get a few minutes out on the floor to show what they can do, and they nailed it!"

Blake's team's next competition will be when they travel to Carmi for the Carmi White County Cheering for a Cure competition on Feb. 1. Congratulations, ladies!

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