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Byron Nelson cheer wins second straight state title

A photo of the BNHS cheer squad next to their trophies

For the second consecutive year, the Byron Nelson High School cheerleading squad has won the UIL Spirit State Championship for 6A Division II, adding to the program’s strong legacy at the top competition.

At the competition on Saturday, January 15, the Bobcat squad earned the title with a final cumulative score of 92.60, nearly three points ahead of the next closest squad. In the final round, the Bobcats earned the top cumulative average score in the fight song and band dance components of the competition as well as the second-best average score in the crowd leading component. Byron Nelson also earned the top score in the fight song portion of the preliminary round, and the second-best score in the band chant portion of the preliminary round. 

Notably, the Byron Nelson Bobcat cheerleading squad has also achieved a place in district history, becoming the first program to earn consecutive state championships in a UIL-sanctioned event.

The championship also marks the fifth consecutive year Byron Nelson’s squad has placed in the top 10 of the state championship. This year, 53 teams competed in the preliminary round in the 6A Division II competition, with the top 20 advancing to the final round.

Eaton High School and Northwest High School also competed in the UIL Spirit State Championships, finishing sixth and 25th, respectively, in their divisions. This marked the fourth consecutive year the Eaton Eagle squad has placed in the top 10 of the state competition, while this marked the Northwest Texans’ first year competing in the event.