Tori Beth Jenkins and her cheer squad the DeSoto Starz won the UCA National All-Star Cheerleading Championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL on March 15th. The Senior Open Level 2 squad competed against UCA Regional Champions from California, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, and Pennsylvania in the two day competition held at the Wide World of Sports venue.
The Starz led after the first day with a near perfect routine and on the second day the routine was flawless and the Starz were able to extend their lead and claim the coveted Universal Cheerleading Association National Champion’s black jackets. Also, UCA selected the Starz to represent UCA at the International Competition and awarded them with a paid bid.
The Starz competed in the Atlanta, GA Regional of the International All Levels Championship. The competition was very tough with all the squads being elite teams. However, the Starz had a great routine and won the International All Levels Regional Championship. The squad was then able to do something that very few teams do. They won the International All Levels Championship and became the World Champions.
To view a portion of the Starz Championship performance on the Internet, go to http://www.varsity.com/event.aspx?event=1133 and search for DeSoto Starz Senior Open Level 2.
The DeSoto Starz is a competitive elite all-star cheerleading squad based out of DeSoto County. The squad is composed of girls from Tate and DeSoto counties and their ages range from 10 to 18 years. The squad is coached by 9 time UCA National Champion coaches Sherry McBroome and Kim Britt. This years International Championship was the coaches first. To review the squad’s season and success, visit the Starz website at www.desotostarz.com.
Tori Beth is the 10 year-old daughter of Rick and Deana Jenkins of Hernando and the granddaughter of Faye and the late Mike S. Jenkins and Ernest and Judy Davis all of Water Valley.
She is a flyer on the senior open squad and has been cheering since she was three years old.