When Betsy and I were juniors and went to the SMU cheerleading camp, Carole Short, Pat Rudiwick, Judy Hanson, Betsy, and I came in second place. I remember the cheerleading squad from Paul's Valley won it, and they were very good. Matter of fact, teams from all over Texas and parts of Oklahoma attended, and they were all good! :)
But I remember thinking “second place” was a heartbreaker.
However, heading into our senior year, we had all worked really hard, and that year we WON the 1st place SMU Cheerleading Championship trophy. Yep, we won first place! The trophy stayed in the Lee breezeway trophy case, but I have no idea what eventually happened to it. About the time of our reunion, I had inquired and nobody knew what happened to the trophy.
To my knowledge, no other Robert E. Lee cheering squad had ever won first place at that state competition. This picture was taken by Miss Kirk (Forren) with our “first place ribbons” right before the presentation of the trophy. I'm holding up the “Spirit Stick“ which we also won ... pretty big honor!
When I think back about all the great people, individuals, numerous sports teams, coaches, & academia that excelled at Robert E. Lee High School, I'm always left in awe. It seemed everything we touched turned to Gold. The Home of Champions is not just an accolade ... it's the sacred truth.
So much fun to remember & so proud to have been a part of it,
Back: Betsy Stark, Pat Kilman, Diane Swendeman
Front: Melodie Sayger & Cathy Saunders
(left to right)