Kadena, Edgren stand tall in Far East cheer competition

More than 100 cheerleaders from 11 DODDS Pacific schools gathered last week at Misawa Air Base, Japan, for the annual Far East cheerleading camp, clinic and competition, with Kadena of Okinawa capturing the Far East Division I team title for large schools and seven individual All-American selections along the way.

The event was hosted by Robert D. Edgren High School and staged by the National Cheerleading Association out of Texas.

The Division II title went again to the tournament hosts, the Edgren Eagles.

The week-long event was part-instructive and part-competition, with each team learning new stunts and cheers. The focus of the clinic, officials said, was for students to learn teamwork and leadership and ways to ply their craft.

After instruction early each day, the teams would come together to put what they learned to the test, either receiving an award or learning about things they had to improve. Finally, at week’s end on Friday, individual and team evaluations were made, after which awards were bestowed.

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