Four Dalton High School varsity cheerleaders, Amber Fischer, Mali Payne, Taylor Townsend and Arden Wong, attended The CheerHawaiiUSA Invitational in June.
Payne was the winner of the Most Outstanding Cheerleader Award of the entire camp. There were 12 teams, and one was chosen from each team. Payne was the number one pick of those 12 cheerleaders.
The camp was seven days and had 155 attendees. The girls were nominated by their coach, Shalisa Love, for their basic cheer skills, leadership abilities, desire to learn and improve, excellence in academics and positive attitudes.
This invitational provided an amazing blend of college prep cheer instruction with an incredible Hawaiian experience on the island of Oahu at the University of Hawaii Campus.
The girls were able to focus on three main areas: building cheer skills and preparing for the college level, growth in leadership and experiencing the Hawaiian culture. They combined workout sessions with the experience of some of Hawaii's best beaches and activities.
Some activities the girls were able to attend included beach time on the North Shore, Kailua and Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, shopping at the famous Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, canoe paddling, hula dancing, Waikiki Trolley Ride and the Polynesian Cultural Center Hawaiian Luau and Show.
Shalisa Love, Dalton High School head football and basketball cheerleading coach, was also invited to attend the camp as a camp coach. There were only 12 coaches chosen from all over the United States. At camp, she was in charge of 13 girls from all over the U.S.