Jamfest, the face of spirit!  Jamfest is an exciting competition for cheerleaders and dancers around the world.  JAMfest was founded in 1995 by Aaron Flaker and Emmitt Tyler.  JAMfest is big on recognizing teams for more than just having the best performance at events.  They give staff-nominated Spirit and Sportsmanship Awards at every session, in addition to judges choice Best Choreography and Most Entertaining Awards.  Jamfest is an exciting event, especially the year 2011 when Shyanne and the Maryland Twister Supercells beat all odds.  Shyanne has cheered for a total of 4 years, two with the Supercells.  But the year her Junior Level 5 team attended Jamfest in Indianapolis was a memorable competition for her. 
Here is Shyanne’s story:
 
Jamfest Indianapolis was a 2 day competition. The first day we went on the floor ready to hit it. It was not even 30 seconds into the routine when one of our girls hurt her knee. They had to stop the music and our coaches jumped up onto the stage to help her down.  Our team made our way back into the warm up room.
In the warm up room, everyone was freaking out!  We did not know what we were going to do!  We were all asking ourselves and each other, “Are we gonna compete again?”
 
Our coaches came over and said, “Ok, Tamia from f5 is on her way over, we have 5 minutes to teach her the routine, then we have to go out on the floor and compete again!”  Tamia came over, and we had to teach her the 1st stunt and the pyramid. She had a big part in the pyramid to!
 
We went out on the floor for the 2nd time and we were talking her through the hole routine.  Our fans were screaming for everyone to hit our stunts and believe in each other.  My mount group and I talked her through the whole pyramid, and we hit it.
 
When we got off the floor our coaches were telling us how proud they are of us.  We found out about an hour later that we were 1st place after our first routine at Jamfest.  The next day we were all excited and really nervous.  As we came in meet our coaches they said, “Ok ladies, this is Paige.   We have 10 minutes to teach her the routine, because one of our girls got hurt.”  We all looked at each other worried, like uhh ohh not again!!!   We had no hope left in us, but we managed to teach her the routine.
 
In warm ups that day everyone was nervous.  We were all shaking and wondering what was going to happen.  Our coaches told us that it was ok and they knew that we can do it and hit it.  We all prayed together as a team.  I believed in us.  We did everything we could do to make us feel just a little bit better about the situation.
We went out on the floor to perform that day.  Basically everyone knew what we were going through, a crowd up people were cheering, “Supercells! Supercells! Supercells!"  We made it through the routine and hit everything.  Seeing the look on our coach’s face at the end made our day worth while.
 
We got off the floor and our coaches were so proud. They told us they didn't care what place we were in because at the end of the day we all knew how much we went through to compete.  At awards everyone was holding hands, hoping to win…They started counting down places, 4th place…not us, 3rd place…not us….2nd place…NOT USSS!  We won, I have never been so proud of my team before in my life. We were all so proud of each other.  I will never forget all that Supercells went through in Indianapolis 2011.

 

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Jamfest, the face of spirit!  Jamfest is an exciting competition for cheerleaders and dancers around the world.  JAMfest was founded in 1995 by Aaron Flaker and Emmitt Tyler.  JAMfest is big on recognizing teams for more than just having the best performance at events.  They give staff-nominated Spirit and...