SAN ANTONIO -

Several San Antonio-area schools sent teams to the National Cheerleaders Association Championship in Dallas at the end of January, bringing home a variety of awards.

The Holy Cross Cheerleaders stepped on the mat once again and won their 10th National Cheerleaders Association championship title. This year the competition team consisted of 13 members, of which 11 cheerleaders competed in the small novice division. Holy Cross of San Antonio is the only school in San Antonio to be recognized 10 times in the NCA High School National’s Hall of Fame.

Holmes High School also sent a team of cheerleaders, led by Jennifer Molina. She is joined by Jose DeLaGarza and Jessica Garcia. The team has competed in four competitions this year and have received first place in all competitions including Cheer Star Production- Spirit of Giving, Cheer Power Christmas, Cheer Star Production Nationals, and NCA High School Nationals. At NCA Nationals, Holmes High School competed against 22 teams from around the country.

The Brennan Cheerleaders also competed at the NCA National Championship. The Advanced cheer group that competed is made up of 11 varsity members and two JV members. This team competed in the Small Advanced division and finished in first place and are now the national champions.

"It was a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication but in the end it was all worth it," said Cynthia Ferrel of Brennan High School. "This is only the fourth year that Brennan has been open and it is already our second National Championship Title."

N.B. Canyon High School also competed, winning its second straight NCA National Championship in the Large Varsity Intermediate division. The team also received two specialty awards: Best Stunts and Best Jumps. Canyon scored the highest overall of all 63 teams competing in the intermediate division.

"Winning an NCA National Championship title is very prestigious. Winning back to back makes me beyond proud to coach this awesomely talented group of young ladies," said Kristin Juarez, Canyon HS cheer coach. "Their passion and dedication to the sport of competitive cheer makes them easy and fun to work with."

The John Marshall High School cheerleaders were also in Dallas competing with schools from around the country. For the second year in a row the team won first place in the Large High School Novice division. The team also brought home awards for best use of stunts and best jumps.

Canyon Lake High School brought home the NCA title in the Small Novice Varsity Division. Canyon HS also won the first place title in the Intermediate JV Division.