Board Elections 2020

Below are your candidates for this years elections.

  • The President is running unopposed. It will not need to be voted on. You will be voting for 1 at large position and 1 secretary position.

  • Voting will take place on Friday night of convention. Candidates will give a speech and then you will vote. You can also submit and absentee ballot if you will not be there and are a current member of MCCA.

  • If you would like to submit an absentee ballot please email Billy at billy.hoskins@kellyhawks.org

At Large Candidates

Tricia Blankenship

Coaching Experience: 

  • Jefferson City HS 2002-2003

  • California HS 2003-2009

  • Eldon HS 2011-2019 Capitol City Cheer 2017-2019

  • Show Me Athletics- current

Qualifications for position:

  • Cheerleading coach for the last 17 years and cheering many years up to then I feel as though I can provide valuable knowledge to new as well as seasoned coaches. I strive to retain the knowledge and continue to stay current with all rules and trends for our sport.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing MCCA, and how would you address those challenges?

  • I truly feel as a current board member, that we are working diligently to stay current On cheerleading as a sport and striving to take Missouri to the next level. Giving Coaches the knowledge to improve their teams and a place to feel they can confidently Go to for questions which make us a stronger organization.

Samantha Lewis

Coaching Experience: 

  • I started coaching gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling at Concordia Turners in 2000.

  • In high school I cheered for Notre Dame high school and for Spirit Elite along with being an elite level trampolinist and tumbler and level 8 gymnast. I had to learn to balance all these activities and remain focused.

  • Once I graduated I worked for NCA as a summer camp staff member 2004-2007. In college I also continued to coach gymnastics at Ozark Mountain and the YMCA 2004-2008.

  • After college I was hired as the head cheerleading coach at Notre Dame 2008-2016. I also went back to Concordia to coach gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling 2008-2014.

  • In 2014 my mother and I opened up our own gym, GymStars. I am currently one of the head coaches and coach 5 current Elite Nationals Team members.

  • In 2016 I was hired as the head competitive cheerleading coach at Ursuline Academy.

Qualifications for position:

  • I am very eager and motivated to make Missouri Cheerleading bigger and better. I put my whole heart into my team and I am always looking for ways to improve and become stronger. For the past 5 years I have worked with the  executive board of AAU Trampoline and Tumbling. I help in organizing and running the AAU Jr Olympic Games every summer. Part of my responsibilty is figuring out the winners of the district awards for each event by analyzing the results at the National competition. I also figure out the All American winners, which is the top Elite level athlete for each event. At GymStars, we host several competitions each year. This has made me very familiar with the flow of competitions and all the jobs needed to be sure an event runs smoothly and error free. I also have years of experience in making competition schedules and hiring target market appropriate vendors for events. I have a bachelors degree from Missouri State in advertising and promotions. I have experience in creating logos and designs for t-shirts and flyers.  

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing MCCA, and how would you address those challenges?

  • I think that MCCA is missing a market in high school cheerleading. Majority of the schools that participate are public schools. While there are a few private schools that compete with MCCA, Ursuline Academy is the only all girl private school. Since MCCA offers the time out division, everyone can compete! I think that we need to reach out and educate the coaches from these private schools that do not currently compete. Most of these private schools are in St Louis. Ursuline would be willing to host a clinic for coaches to learn more. The week of MO State, my team attended a Cheer and Dance showcase for St Louis private schools at Visitation. I was approached several times by coaches from other schools in attendance on how impressed they were with my team. All the other teams currently just do side line cheer. They all wanted to learn more about the competitive side of cheerleading buy didn’t know where to begin.

  • I also think that the education of our judges at competition is vital. Our score sheets were inconsistent from one competition to the next. Along with the level of difficulty awarded. I think a workshop for the judges would be beneficial. Maybe add this onto Conference. For trampoline and tumbling conference every year, we have classes for people interested in becoming a judge. They attend these classes starting with a few hours on Friday night and then finish up on Saturday while the coaches are in their classes. At the end of conference, on Sunday, they take the course quiz to qualify them to judge. From there, there are continuing education courses that they must complete (can be done online) to keep their judging certification. Part of the continuing education is practice judging a team via video and then their remarks and deductions are evaluated. I think this would help keep things consistent and help coaches and teams know what to expect at competitions.

  • Thank you for your time and consideration!

Secretary Candidates

Kristine Hayes

Coaching Experience: 

  • Oakland jr high, 8th & 9th grade 2008-2011 

  • All-star cheer coach levels 1&2 & special  needs 2013-2018

  • Rock Bridge Varsity and Head Coach 2016 - present

Qualifications for position:

  • I have been a member of MCCA throughout my time as a school coach, I think it is important to participate in the governing organization to ensure the safety of our athletes as well as to give each coach a support system.  I have been an officer on other boards and have also worked within my district as well as with other neighboring districts to come together as resources for each other. 

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing MCCA, and how would you address those challenges?

  • I think the biggest challenge facing mcca is the size of the state and the ability for all coaches to feel heard and know that their opinions and ideas matter.  without the support from our coaches in the state our organization cannot be successful. We as an organization  need to improve our lines of communication and availability of our resources to educate and support our members and encourage membership throughout the state. 

Rachael Larsen

Coaching Experience: 

  • Perryville HS 2005-2014

  • West Plains HS 2017-present

Qualifications for position:

  • Six years experience on the MCCA Executive Board (member, at-large, secretary). 

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing MCCA, and how would you address those challenges?

  • The biggest challenge facing MCCA is keeping everyone happy-from the coaches to parents to administrators and band directors. It is important to keep everyone happy but I feel we do an excellent job accommodating as many people as we can. 

  • Another challenge is communication with coaches. As secretary, now that we have made it through the transition of leadership and now that I am aware or (and comfortable with) the responsibilities of the position, I plan on making communication with coaches a priority. 

  • I also feel bridging the gap between “the way it’s always been” and “the visions of 2020” is vital. Some things are the way they are because of situations and experiences that have been dealt with in the past. We must also look ahead to where the world of cheer is headed, and keep up accordingly.