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Three COE students named to USA Cheer Squads

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The U.S. Federation for sport cheering has selected three Oklahoma State University College of Education students for its 2015 competition squads.

Cheyenne Felts a senior therapeutic recreation major from Moore, Okla., Sam Smith a senior elementary education major from Sacramento, Calif., and Travis Mukina, an education Ph.D. student from Erie, Pa., have been named to the USA Cheer Team. 

“I feel blessed and privileged to have been named one of the 32 girls,” Felts said. “It’s not everyday that a cheerleader can say that they were a part of the USA Cheer Team. It is an honor to get to represent the country that I love so much for a second time.”

Smith added that this will be her third consecutive year competing with USA All-Girl Cheer team. 

“Being able to represent the United States doing something I am so passionate about for a third time is something I am really proud of,” she said.

Competing is just one of the opportunities Smith will experience this year.

“This past year I was chosen to write a blog about my experiences for American Cheerleader Magazine, which is the most prestigious cheerleading magazine in the country,” Smith said. “I was also chosen to be interviewed for ESPN, which airs the competition on TV.”

Mukina currently serves as a captain of OSU’s large co-ed squad. This is his first selection to the USA competitive co-ed squad.

"The opportunity to wear the red, white and blue uniform while taking part in the activity I love is a dream come true.  Winning the gold medal would complete my cheerleading career,” he said.

The USA Cheer Team will compete at the World Championship contest this April where they have won the title the past six years.