This past weekend, the Nimitz Vikings Cheerleaders took home the State Championship at the 2024 Texas Cheerleader Open State Competition.

Vying in the Coed High School Novice Division, this historic win marks Nimitz High School’s first-ever cheerleading championship.

“I am beyond honored and proud to coach this team,” says Kama Schermerhorn, Cheerleading Coach at Nimitz High School. “My cheerleaders are sweet, driven and some of the hardest working athletes I have ever coached.”

The team began its preparation for the competition in late September, and with the help of a Spark Tank grant through the Irving Schools Foundation, the registration fees and the cost of music licensing were taken care of. Together with their booster club, the squad raised enough money to afford a choreographer for the routine, who also customized the music.

Following their win, the team was offered a bid to compete at the Cheer Brands Cheer World National Championship in San Antonio.

“This program continues to grow and improve, and just like Nimitz is known for so many accolades within programs such as JROTC, Academic Decathlon and softball, we also want to continue building our cheerleading program to continuously keep Nimitz Nation on the map and our competition’s radar,” says Schermerhorn.

State championship team members are:

Nevaeh Alvarez
Jayda Ayala
Chloe Balderas
Jesus Castillo
Marissa Cruz
Viki Enriquez
Leslie Galvan
Angie Garfias
Carolyn Gutierrez
Brianna Martinez
Sofia Martinez
Jasmine Martinez
Madison Medeles
Ashley Mendoza Molina
Aniston Moya
Destiny Pineda Alvizo
Savannah Rodriguez
Julissa Rosan
Emily Sanchez
Claudia Solarte
Yalaney Teniente
Ka’Nyla Scott

Coaches: Kama Schermerhorn, Anissa Cuellar