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Two District Five students named 2016 Cheerleaders of the Year

IRMO, SC - Two students from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been named 2016 Cheerleaders of the Year by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports. Chapin High School junior Alexis (Lexi) Hoeve was named the 4A Cheerleader of the Year and Dutch Fork High School senior Hannah Oliver was named the 5A Cheerleader of the Year. Each of their teams won the State Competitive Cheer Championship this school year for their divisions. One student from each winning team is honored as Cheerleader of the Year for their leadership skills, work ethic, and positive attitude.

Hoeve was selected by her teammates to receive the award. “I was really surprised and honored that my teammates voted me for it because I worked really hard this year to be a leader,” she said. “There were a lot of new girls and we just didn’t have the senior power that we normally have, so the other juniors and I really had to step up to the plate and it was just really nice to get that recognition.”

Chapin Varsity Cheerleading Coach Vicki Williams was proud of the team’s accomplishments and Hoeve’s dedication and leadership. Williams said, “Alexis is a hard working young lady and a very talented athlete. She has served as a role model for all the girls on the team and was a driving force in leading the team to a State Championship this year.”

Hannah Oliver was nominated for the 5A Cheerleader of the Year award by Dutch Fork Varsity Cheerleading Coach, Katie Nunnery. This was the first year there has been a South Carolina High School League 5A division. Oliver said, “I was really honored because I’ve been in the program since middle school and it was really nice to have my hard work pay off and see the rewards you get from working hard.”

“As Hannah's Varsity Cheerleading Coach for the past 6 years, I am filled with pride knowing that she has the honor of being named South Carolina's first ever 5A Coaches Association of Women’s Sports Cheerleader of the Year,” said Nunnery. “Hannah is intelligent, hardworking, dedicated, and an all-around fantastic athlete. From day one she has been a pleasure to coach due to her outstanding work ethic and athletic ability. Hannah has always been the type of athlete and student that pushes herself to be the best she can be. Hannah winning this award is merely a glimpse into what amazing accomplishments are in her future.”

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