The MLK Cheerleaders are amazing girls and you should know about them

06/15/2016 7:12 AM by

From a mile away, all you might see of Martin Luther King Middle School are the borderline tragic test scores and the recent principal merry-go-round. Shoot, get right up on it and you’ll definitely see the challenges this school community faces. You’ll also see the teachers, staff, and students who show up every day and reach as high as they can.

I was lucky enough to attend the Cheerleader’s End of Year Celebration last night, and one of the consistently great aspects of MLK was on full display. Every year, coach Loretta Watson grabs up a new group of girls and hooks them into her cheerleading program. Every year, Watson and her crew are mentors to these girls in such a natural and loving way that many return to visit years after they’ve graduated.

For the 2nd time in the three years that the event has been held, the cheerleading squad from MLK Middle School took 1st place in the Richmond Public Schools middle school cheer competition. Later in the year, 22 young ladies travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to watch the CIAA cheer expo, giving them the opportunity to see college cheerleaders in action and imagine themselves being those college students. In February, the squad performed as special guests at the “Stomp and Shake” cheer competition on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.

Congratulations to all of “King’s Queens” on another great year. A huge thank you to Loretta Watson for all of your wonderful work with your girls every year. Hope y’all have an amazing summer.

Thank you to Chef Lee from The Roosevelt and the bakers at WPA Bakery for helping cater this dinner.

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