The Miss Cheerleader of America pageant was held April 4 at the Holiday Inn Center City Charlotte.
Haley Caldwell of Lincolnton won second runner-up. A senior at Lincolnton High School, she has been a cheerleader for 11 years and competed on an All-Star team for three years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key Club, Believers Club, Student Council, Yearbook staff and was a junior marshal. She will attend Appalachian State University in the fall where she will major in elementary education. She is the daughter of Lanny and Cindy Caldwell.
Lywenda â€œJoeyâ€ Price of Vale won fourth runner-up. A senior at West Lincoln High School, she has cheered all four years of high school as captain each year. She participated in the London Day Parade in London, England as a junior. She has served in the FCA, SAVE, SADD and Bible Clubs. She plans to attend Gaston Community College for two years then transfer to Lenior-Rhyne College where she will major in sports medicine. She is the daughter of Wendy Beal.
Cassie Duncan of Lincolnton won the Top Ten title. A senior at Lincolnton High School, she has been cheering since she was seven, including all four years and competing for two national competition teams. She has been elected homecoming representative, class secretary and class president. She will attend UNC-Charlotte this fall studying psychology, broadcast journalism, Spanish and dance. She is the daughter of Sherry and Kim Duncan.
The Miss Cheerleader of America program is offered to female high school cheerleaders, grades nine through 12. The competition requires each cheerleader to write two essays and includes short interviews with professional judges. It also includes an elegant pageant-styles evening gown selection.
Each high school will receive the cheerleaderâ€™s name and photo on a plaque for placement in the sport trophy case.