Coaches Angel Medina and Maria Medina along with their co-ed cheer team coordinated and hosted the second annual Pride of the Q cheer competition on Saturday, January 6 at the Questa High School Mini-Pit.
Other teams who participated included the Taos Tigers, Cuba Rams, McCurdy Bobcats, Clayton Yellowjackets, Pojoaque Elks, Española Sun Devils ,and Taos Xtreme.
Questa High School graduate Cassandra Cardenas, a former Questa cheerleader, was in attendance as she assisted the judges. Her niece, freshman Mariana Ortega, cheers on the Questa team.
“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to re-live the cheer experience through my niece. Not only is she in cheer, but she is also in confirmation class, Honor Society, volleyball, basketball, track and field, mariachi—she does a lot!” While talking about her niece’s involvement, she says her family does everything they can to support her. “The kids are working so hard and they practice long hours and give a lot of themselves to be their best. It’s amazing to see how far the cheer team has come and I am there to support them as I scream and yell from the stands.”
In the A-3A division, the host team Wildcats garnered first place for their game day routine. Taos won the Grand Champion Title in the 4A division.
Following the event, a Facebook post by the Questa Wildcat cheer team was shared, which reads, “We would like to thank everyone who participated in the second annual Pride of Q Cheer competition. Taos Tigers, Cuba Rams, McCurdy Bobcats, Clayton Yellow Jackets, Pojoaque Elks, Espanola Sun Devils, and Taos Extreme: you were all amazing! Good luck with the rest of your season! Thank you to our amazing volunteers. We wouldn’t have been able to get it done without you.”
The next competition the Wildcats will participate in is the Spirit of Hope competition at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque on February 3. The event starts at 8 a.m. There is a $7 parking fee. Visit spiritofhopeabq.com for more information about the event.