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There was a rare school athletic event at Waterford District High School Wednesday night.

Despite the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation’s ongoing boycott of extracurricular activities, NSSAA high schools managed to stage their annual end-of-year cheerleading competition.

Simcoe Composite School won the advanced division by acclamation.

Delhi District Secondary School and Valley Heights Secondary School competed in the intermediate division, with the Raiders coming out on top in that one.

Despite province-wide job action by secondary teachers, the event proceeded because local high school administrators took charge of it. Alison High, principal of DDSS and emcee for the evening, enlisted fellow principals and vice principals to help supervise the event.

“This event was scheduled for such a long time,” High said. “We felt the girls had worked on it so hard that it had to happen. It’s not like they have a season. This is their bowl game.”

Three judges from Power Cheerleading Athletics in London rated the competition. Each team performed its routine twice and was scored out of 300.

SCS was awarded a score of 220. DDSS scored 212 points versus Valley Heights’ 197.

The cheerleaders themselves were cheered on by a packed house of parents, siblings and friends in the gymnasium at WDHS.

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