The cheer program (pictured below with their trophy) earned a spot at the NCA Nationals in the summer of 2021 during a tryout at a prestigious cheerleading camp. It was especially gratifying, as it was their first time qualifying for NCA Nationals in five years.
The dance and cheer teams prepared for nationals by co-hosting a Cheer and Dance Showcase on March 6. Teams from five different schools in Illinois and Wisconsin provided a preview of their national performances, and both North Central squads hope to host similar showcases again in the future.
Cheer team officer Dianna LeCrone ’25 said this season was different for the cheer program because of their renewed focus on the team dynamic. “This year, we really emphasized what it is truly like to be a team,” LeCrone said. “Building (a) family on a team creates a loving dynamic where people want to do well for themselves and others.”