Waukee Activities Blog

Warriors Win Second at Cheer Nationals for Third Straight Year


During the National Cheerleaders Association National Championships in Dallas, Texas, Waukee High School’s White and Purple team received second in the Large Advanced Varsity Division and third place in the Intermediate Division, respectively. This is the third year in a row that Waukee High School (WHS) has earned this award at Nationals.

The teams are headed by coach Ashley Johnson and assistant coaches Miranda Connor and Allison Lovan.

“Both teams had an outstanding showing at nationals, placing top three in the nation even competing against schools more than twice our size,” said Johnson.

Both teams competed against schools from all across the nation that were more than twice the size of Waukee High School’s enrollment.

This is the first year there have been two cheer competition teams. “More than two-thirds of the athletes would have been turned away. We saw that as an opportunity to form two competition teams and use that talent to continue to build our program while also allowing more athletes to participate,” said Johnson. Additionally, Waukee High School was the only school from Iowa that took two cheer teams to Nationals.

During the WHS basketball game on January 30, the team wrapped up their season by presenting their national runner-up, national 3rd place and national runner-up trophies to Waukee High School principal Cary Justmann.

“As a coach, I couldn’t be more proud of the athletes and their representation of our school on a national level,” said Johnson.


Waukee White Team                  Waukee Purple Team

Mati Bodwell                                       Jo Amick

Elle Bussanmas                                    Lexi Berridy

Katie Carlson                                       Taylor Castanenda

Olivia Compiano                                  Savannah Doody

Ali Flaharty                                          Katelin Hunt

Peyton Hiscocks                                   Macy Kennedy

Brenna Hunt                                        Aubrey Mahoney

Lainie Jackson                                     Anna McClellan

Emily Klement                                     Aniah Patrick

Kaitlyn Koester                                    Adriana Reyes

Paige Leibfried                                    Sofia Thompson

Ashley Lupkes                                     Alison Toler

Erica McClure                                      Kaitlyn Tope

Makenna Michael                                Kylee Vaudt

Teagan Sindlinger                                Jordyn Wagner

Frankie Smith

Sarah Ummach

Abby Vogel

Elena Weise

Becka Williams

Jillian Wood

Meredith Wood

Head Coach: Ashley Jackson   Assistant Coaches:  Miranda Connor, Allison Lovan

Tonight the team will present their state championship, national runner up and national 3rd place trophies to Waukee High School principal Cary Justmann.  Congratulations ladies on three outstanding competitions!!