North Carolina High School Athletic Association

2021 NCHSAA Cheerleading Invitational

The 2021 championship wraps with Carolina Cup and inaugural Tar Heel Trophy presentations.

RALEIGH, NC – The NCHSAA Cheerleading Invitational returned to its usual home, the Raleigh Convention Center, after a year away due to COVID, with 132 registered routines and a brand-new trophy to present. In addition to the Carolina Cup, the award for the Varsity squad regardless of division posting the highest rated performance in the traditional competition, this year the “Game Day Division” presented the inaugural Tar Heel Trophy to the highest rated varsity squad regardless of division in the event.

The first awarding of the Tar Heel Trophy was enjoyed by West Forsyth’s Varsity squad, which posted a score of 95.6 to win the Varsity Game Day D1 Division in the event. The Carolina Cup, now in its 19th season, was collected by Northwest Guilford. The Vikings performance scored 89.1 to win the Small Varsity Non-Tumble D1 Division and the school’s first Carolina Cup.

Full results from all divisions are listed below this release. 


About the 2020-21 NCHSAA Cheerleading Scholarship

The NCHSAA is proud to recognize and reward outstanding cheerleaders exemplifying sound character and academic standing, good sportsmanship, and school spirit by providing financial assistance in furthering his or her college or university education. The NCHSAA awards four $500 scholarships annually, one to a cheerleader in each of the NCHSAA’s four classifications.

To qualify, the recipient must be a college-bound senior varsity cheerleader at an NCHSAA member school. Recipients must be on a participating team at the NCHSAA Cheerleading Invitational for that year and be planning to enroll in an accredited institution of higher education in the year following graduation. Applicants must be well-rounded individuals demonstrating excellence in Cheerleading with an outstanding school spirit, community service involvement, and academics with a minimum average GPA of 3.0 throughout the student’s high school career.

Recipients are selected from qualified applicants that submitted essays and recommendation letters from their coach and other school personnel.


1A Cheerleading Scholarship Recipient – Kailyn Griffin – Union Academy

Kailyn Griffin is a 2-year member of the Union Academy Varsity Cheer program, and credits cheerleading for making her a more organized and confident person.  She has assisted with several community service projects, impacting her community through several shelters and programs.  She plans to attend the Carolinas College of Health Sciences and hopes to become a radiation therapist.


2A Cheerleading Scholarship Recipient – Avery Combs – Southwestern Randolph

Avery Combs has been involved with cheerleading since she was 4 years old.  She credits cheerleading for personal strength and learning to lead.  Avery has volunteered with middle school cheerleading programs by leading practices.  She plans to attend East Carolina University in the fall.


3A Cheerleading Scholarship Recipient – Lauren Walker – Eastern Guilford

Lauren Walker has been a part of cheerleading since she was in kindergarten and uses the encouragement skills she has learned throughout her everyday life.  She is very active in her church and plans to attend James Madison University in the fall.      


4A Cheerleading Scholarship Recipient – Martha Kate Ferrell – Laney

Martha Kate Ferrell credits cheerleading to developing her leadership, integrity, mental and physical strength, and collaboration abilities.  She served as a volunteer coach for the Special Olympics Cheerleading team and used her social media and design skills to create a school spirit Instagram account for Laney.  Martha Kate plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall and will major in Journalism and Media.


2021 NCHSAA Cheerleading Invitational
Final Results by Division
Large Varsity Coed 
1          Leesville Road High School                    77.95
Large Varsity Coed Non-Tumble D1 
1          Topsail High School                                  70.3
2          Ashley High School                                  56.6
Large Varsity D1 Large Varsity D1
1          Lake Norman High School                       88.2
2          Marvin Ridge High School                      85.05
3          Cox Mill High School                              77.05
4          Aycock High School                                58.25
Large Varsity D2
1          South Lenoir High School                        78.1
2          Southside High School                             70.7
Large Varsity Non-Tumble D1
1          Pisgah High School                                   65.8
2          Southern Nash High School                     62.8
3          Triton High School                                      61
Large Varsity Non-Tumble D2
1          Bear Grass Charter School                          67
Medium Varsity Coed
1          A L Brown High School                             74.4
2          North Johnston High School                    56.3
Medium Varsity Coed Game Day
1          A L Brown High School                             93.2
Medium Varsity D1
1          TC Roberson High School                        73.1
2          Broughton High School                            72.4
3          Hoggard High School                             70.65
4          Weddington High School                         69.3
5          Laney High School                                  69.15
6          Piedmont High School                             68.1
7          Gray’s Creek High School                         65.9
8          Hough High School                                  64.6
9          North Lincoln High School                       64.2
10        Havelock High School                              58.2
Medium Varsity D2
1          Princeton High School                                77
2          Washington High School                         75.2
3          Eastern Randolph High School                56.3
Medium Varsity Non-Tumble D1
1          Dixon High School                                    79.5
2          Purnell Swett High School                       68.5
3          Pine Forest High School                           67.7
Medium Varsity Non-Tumble D2
1          Goldsboro High School                            69.5
2          West Columbus High School                   68.7
3          Vance Charter School                              67.9
4          Mountain Island Charter School              65.1
Small Varsity Coed
1          Conley High School                                  85.2
2          Heritage High School                               81.2
3          Cleveland High School                             79.9
4          Panther Creek High School                      78.7
5          Holly Springs High School                        75.3
6          Jack Britt High School                              74.5
7          Ardrey Kell High School                           73.9
8          Myers Park High School                           69.6
9          Grimsley High School                             67.65
10        Lake Norman Charter School                   63.1
            Union Pines High School                                 
Small Varsity Coed Non-Tumble D1
1          North Pitt High School                             65.7
Small Varsity Coed Non-Tumble D2
1          NC School of Science & Math                  56.2
Small Varsity D1
1          Charlotte Catholic High School                84.8
2          Green Level High School                          82.2
3          Apex Friendship High School                   80.2
4          Corinth Holders High School                   78.5
5          Middle Creek High School                          77
6          Athens Drive High School                        74.2
7          Sanderson High School                            72.8
8          Apex High School                                     64.9
9          Millbrook High School                             60.6
10        Cary High School                                      58.5
11        Southern Wayne High School                  50.2
            Harnett Central High School                           
Small Varsity D2
1          Cherryville High School                            83.2
2          Southwestern Randolph High School      72.4
Small Varsity Non-Tumble D1
1          Northwest Guilford High School              89.1
2          Currituck County High School                  76.8
3          Rocky Mount High School                          68
4          Erwin High School                                    66.7
4          Northside High School                             66.7
6          Eastern Guilford High School                   66.2
7          North Henderson High School                 65.7
8          Swansboro High School                           62.2
9          Richlands High School                              60.5
10        Smithfield-Selma High School                 58.3
11        Reynolds High School                              56.7
            Franklin High School                                       
Small Varsity Non-Tumble D2
1          Bunker Hill High School                           68.8
2          Nash Central High School                        66.8
3          Farmville Central High School                 66.5
Super Varsity D1
1          Cardinal Gibbons High School                 81.8
Super Varsity D2
1          East Gaston High School                          74.9
2          South Point High School                          70.1
Varsity Game Day D1
1          West Forsyth High School                       95.6
2          Weddington High School                         93.2
3          Conley High School                                  92.8
4          Davie County High School                       92.1
5          South Caldwell High School                     89.7
6          Oak Grove High School                            89.6
7          North Lincoln High School                       86.8
8          Ledford High School                                85.9
9          Apex High School                                        84
10        Havelock High School                                 60
Varsity Game Day D2
1          Cherryville High School                            87.7
2          East Davidson High School                      87.3
3          Union Academy                                       85.5
4          East Gaston High School                          81.4
Varsity Non-Building Game Day
1          Millbrook High School                                83
2          East Lincoln High School                          79.7
3          Pamlico County High School                    76.5
Varsity Non-Tumbling Game Day D1
1          Southern Alamance High School             84.7
2          Lumberton High School                           72.9
            Purnell Swett High School                              
Varsity Non-Tumbling Game Day D2
1          West Columbus High School                   87.8
2          St Pauls High School                                87.7
3          Northeastern High School                       84.9
4          Neuse Charter School                              73.5
5          West Stokes High School                         71.1
6          North Stokes High School                        70.7
JV Game Day D1
1               A L Brown High School                                            80.8
2               Hough High School                                                     79.4
3               Apex High School                                                         78.8
4               Cox Mill High School                                                  73.7
5               Northside High School                                             72.2
JV Non-Tumble D1
1               Eastern Guilford High School                              72.8
2               West Carteret High School                                    71.8
3               Pisgah High School                                                     68.7
4               Topsail High School                                                        61
5               Athens Drive High School                                      57.6
6               Richlands High School                                              54.7
7               Purnell Swett High School                                     52.9
JV Non-Tumble D2
1               Maiden High School                                                   67.5
Large JV D1
1               Apex High School                                                         64.6
Small JV D1
1               Broughton High School                                            73.7
2               Heritage High School                                                 73.5
3               Charlotte Catholic High School                           71.7
4               Cleveland High School                                              70.6
5               Cardinal Gibbons High School                            69.3
6               Apex Friendship High School                              63.8
7               Millbrook High School                                              63.2
8               Holly Springs High School                                     58.1
9               Hoggard High School                                                 57.8
10            Panther Creek High School                                   57.5
11            Middle Creek High School                                      54.3