School spirit is alive and well in Minnetonka.
The Minnetonka High School varsity cheer team repeated their National Title in the Medium Varsity Non-Tumbling Division this past weekend, after being the first Minnesota team to return home with the coveted Satin Jackets in 2012.
An honor traditionally earned by strong Southern states, Minnesota broke into the National spotlight last year.
Three Minnesota Competition Cheerleading Teams captured national titles in their respective divisions during the National High School Cheerleading Competition in Orlando this weekend (Feb. 9-10), making Minnesota history. This year, Lakeville North won the National Small Varsity Non-Tumbling division and Bloomington Jefferson son the Super Varsity Division II competition.
The National Cheerleading Competition includes 25 Divisions, based on team size, school enrollment, girls or co-ed, and three specific skill areas. The Medium Varsity Non-Tumbling Division had 30 teams competing at the national Level. Minnetonka competed in preliminaries on Saturday before being invited to the finals on Sunday, then taking the title.
Minnetonka’s National Champs will return to MSP wearing their coveted white satin jackets on Monday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. (Delta Flight #1660).
Minnetonka has a long history of winning the state title in Minnesota and advancing to Nationals, with their highest finish being third in 2011. In 2012, Minnetonka broke through to become the first Minnesota team to bring home the Satin Jackets. With 11 returning cheerleaders, the Tonka team repeated the victory this year. Minnetonka’s Varsity is coached by André Brewer and Deborah Malmsten.
The Minnetonka High School varsity and middle level cheer teams both won state championships in their respective divisions this month.
Minnetonka's middle level is only in its first season of competition and already took home the top prize.
Check out this related article:
Tonka Cheerleader: 'Winning Nationals Put the Cherry on Top of My Senior Year'