Following an impressive showing from the Frenship High School cheer squad at the National Cheer Association (NCA) Summer Camp last year, one Tiger will return this summer in a new role.
Frenship senior captain Abby Wetsel was hired to be a NCA instructor at this year’s summer camp.
“I feel honored to get to be able to work for one of the most prestigious associations in the cheerleading industry,” Wetsel wrote in a text. “It’s something that I have wanted to do for such a long time, and for me to finally get the opportunity is crazy. I’m so thankful for the chance to help other cheerleaders achieve their goals.”
Wetsel received All-American recognition at the NCA Summer Camp last year, where she was asked to join the staff as an instructor the following summer.
The organization’s website reads: “NCA is the world’s most original cheerleading company. With a dedication to innovation and a passion for leadership NCA has paved the way for modern-day cheerleading.”
Frenship cheer coach Kayci Smith said Wetsel displayed a leadership quality early in her career.
“Her passion and her leadership is something that Abby has always had that has set her apart from the other cheerleaders I have seen throughout the years,” she said. “Even as an eighth-grader we saw her leadership skills start building. She was a captain her freshman and (junior varsity) year, as well as this last year for varsity. She has always just had that leadership ability.”
As a staff member, Wetsel will help instructors guide and teach young cheerleaders. She will also take part in the All-American selection process.
According to the NCA website, the camp staff nominate campers for NCA All-American in the categories of leadership, dance, motions, jumps, stunts and tumbling. If an athlete exemplifies superior skills in one of these categories, they earn the opportunity to try out for the team.
Wetsel stood out during her respective skills assessment last year.
“The staffers told me that just her charismatic personalty that she bestowed at camp and her willingness to have conversations with other staff members and other members was everything they wanted from an NCA staffer to help carry on that tradition and coach other teams,” Smith said.
The Tigers made their mark at the camp last year, having 10 members being named All-Americans. The squad garnered the Herkie Award at the event, as well.
“This squad was definitely able to give Frenship a name at camp,” Smith said. “We have had other opportunities come our way. We have had several coaches throughout the state of Texas, and even New Mexico, who have inquired about scholarships for our cheerleaders or asked where they want to go to college, and all that started at summer camp.”