Hillcrest Squad Cheers at UIL Competition

After coming up third in a Dallas ISD cheer challenge event last month, the Hillcrest High cheerleaders headed to the Fort Worth Convention Center to vie for statewide honors at the UIL cheerleading competition.

At Dallas’ cheer challenge in December,¬†W.T. White High School and Hillcrest High School cheerleaders came in first and third in their divisions, respectively. The district held the event to help squads prepare for the UIL competition, which was held Jan. 16 through 18.

Members of the Hillcrest and W.T. White cheerleading squads competed Friday morning during the Texas UIL Spirit and Cheer Competition, with schools from all across the state showcased their fight songs, school colors, and mascots.

The W.T.White squad placed 10th in the co-ed competition.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, deputy editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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