Sequim High School competition cheerleaders perform during the Jungle Jam competition hosted at Auburn Mountainview High School. The SHS cheer squad won the Medium Non-tumbling division with a score of 59.5 points, which qualifies them to compete at state in February for the first time in school history. Submitted photo

Sequim High School competition cheerleaders perform during the Jungle Jam competition hosted at Auburn Mountainview High School. The SHS cheer squad won the Medium Non-tumbling division with a score of 59.5 points, which qualifies them to compete at state in February for the first time in school history. Submitted photo

SHS cheer earns first-ever state berth with competition win

The SHS cheer squad won a “very competitive” division with a state-qualifying score

Sequim High School’s competitive cheer squad made school history on Dec. 7, earning their first-ever state competition berth with a qualifying score after winning the Jungle Jam in Auburn.

The Wolves cheerleaders were competing in the Medium Non-tumbling division of the event, which included 45 schools from around the region — including squads from 3A and 4A schools — and hosted at Auburn Mountainview High School.

The Sequim cheerleaders earned an average score of 59.5 from the panel of four judges, the highest in the division and a half-point above the 59 point minimum to qualify for the WIAA State Cheerleading competition.

Head coach Tiffani Mote said that their division, which included schools like Nathan Hale High School and Juanita High School, was “very competitive” and that she’s proud of her team’s accomplishment.

The competitive squad includes 17 members of the squad, including captains Kianna Miller, Brianna Jack, Kate D’Amico, Sara Minty and Devyn Nordlie. The squad also includes one male cheerleader, Trenton Rocha, who Mote said made a “major impact” for the team during the event.

The Jungle Jam was the second of three competitions the SHS cheer squad will participate, with Mote calling it “probably the biggest of the season.”

The squad will compete again on Jan. 18, then prepare for the state competition in Battle Ground Feb. 7-8.

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