By Curt Yeomans
Thirty cheerleading, dance and step teams, including groups from 17 schools in Clayton and Henry counties, will compete for top honors at the second annual Southside Cheer Competition, at Kendrick Middle School in Jonesboro on Saturday.
The competition is scheduled to last from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the school, which is located at 7971 Kendrick Road, in Jonesboro. Admission to the competition will be $5.
Although the name implies it is strictly a cheerleading competition, there will also be categories for dance teams and step teams, and each category will have elementary, middle and high school divisions, said Kendrick Co-Cheerleading Coach LaShima Tate.
In addition to schools from Clayton and Henry counties, there will also be schools from DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, and Spalding counties, she said.
"[Attendees] will see some great teams competing, a lot of spirit, and a lot of camaraderie among the girls ... in the competition," Tate said.
The Southside Cheer Competition is organized by the school's cheerleading squad as a fund-raiser for the school's athletics department, according to Tate.
The school's athletics department is made up of the cheerleading squad, the boys and girls basketball teams, the seventh-, and eighth-grade volleyball teams, and the seventh-, and eighth-grade football teams, according to the school's web site.
"The money will be used to buy uniforms, and whatever else they need," said Kendrick Middle School Co-Cheerleading Coach Jennifer Bennifield.
Clayton County schools participating in the competition are: Church Street Elementary; East Clayton Elementary; Roberta T. Smith Elementary; Babb Middle; Kendrick Middle; Lovejoy Middle; M.D. Roberts Middle; Mundy's Mill Middlel; Pointe South Middle; Rex Mill Middle; Riverdale Middle; Lovejoy High, and North Clayton High, according to Tate.
Tate also said Henry County schools participating in the competition are: Fairview Elementary; Ola Middle; Woodland Middle, and Eagle's Landing High.
Each group in the cheerleading category will be judged on appearance, spirit, accuracy, synchronization, and originality.
Tate said groups in the dance- and step-team categories will be judged on originality, creativity, complexity, precision, synchronization, appearance, enthusiasm, and crowd appeal.
The judges are dance teachers from local schools, according to Tate.