The Crusader cheer program promotes school spirit in support of the university's athletic teams, student body, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members of CRU Cheer strive to serve as elite representatives of the UMHB student body as well as ambassadors of the university throughout the community.
The cheer program combines two separate elements into its spirit squads. One team consists of athletes who can be seen on the sidelines of CRU football and basketball games as well as several events throughout the community. The other represents the university at the competitive level, competing at collegiate cheerleading events throughout the year.
- Lauren Berry
- Caroline Cademartori
- Kaitlyn Carter
- Kylan Chaney
- Sydney Enos
- Alexis Everett
- Autumn Flowers
- Laney Grant
- Treasure Hines
- Ansley Howard
- Kirsten Jeitz
- Taylinn Kramer
- Taelyn McCurdy
- Molly Rader
- Addison Ray
- Elizabeth Russell
- Payten Taylor
- Kennedy Wester
- Olivia Whitfill
- Karli Whittaker
- Auja Williams
Caroline Cademartori is a freshman psychology major at UMHB. This is her tenth year cheering and is an alum at Champion Cheer Allstars in Southlake, Texas. She has won NCA in Dallas, Texas and placed top 10 at the Summit in Orlando, Florida. She has also won multiple coaches awards from Champion as well as a Most Valuable Cheerleader award her junior year. Caroline is the daughter of Thomas and Sabrina Cademartori.
Kaitlyn is a nursing major at UMHB. She is the daughter of Tim and Deanna Carter. She was a 4-time varsity letter and MVP Cheerleader at Elgin. She received All-American Cheerleader all 4 years. She also participated in 5+ years of competitive cheer and received many awards. She was an active member of the National Honor Society, a Student Athletic Trainer And was a member of the Fellowship if Christian Athletes. She also cheered in the 2019 FCA Unity Bowl.
Kylan is a general studies major from Rogers, TX. She was a four year varsity track runner at Rogers High School. She was also a varsity cheerleader for three years, along with being named All American every year and being the captain her junior and senior year. Kylan graduated with honors and is the daughter of Kyle and Christy Chaney.
Sydney is a nursing major at UMHB, and has big plans for her future! She is a third year CRU Cheerleader and has been on staff with the United Cheerleading Association. Sydney is the daughter of Shawn and Tiffany Enos of Georgetown, TX.
Alexis is an exercise physiology major at UMHB. This will be her third year cheering for UMHB. She has cheered competitively for over 10 years, and has served as a jumps and tumble judge for CCA cheer competitions. Alexis is an NCA All-American Cheerleader and has won numerous awards ranging from Best Tumbler, Best Jumps, and Most Valuable Cheerleader. Alexis also was the Co-Captain of her Varsity team and Captain of her JV team. Alexis was also named 2nd team TAPPS All-State Varsity Cheerleader where her team won the State Championship. She also was selected to represent the cheer industry nationally as a Rebel Athletic Cheer model. She is the daughter of Harry and Pam Everett.
Autumn is an incoming freshman at UMHB. She has participated in competitive cheer at Top Notch Tumble where she went to Summit in 2016 and The One in 2019. Autumn was crowned Miss Jim Wells County her senior year and also won Grand Champion Steer at the Jim Wells County Fair. She was an active member in National Honor Society and a 3-year Orange Grove Varsity Cheerleader.
Laney Grant is a second-year Psychology major at UMHB. Studying to become a Child Life Specialist, Laney made the Deans Honor Roll for the fall and spring semester of her first year at UMHB. After being a competitive dancer for most of her life, she decided to become a cheerleader in the 9th grade and has loved the sport ever since. In her Senior year of High school, she led her cheer team into having the number one fight song in the State and placed top 10 for UCA Cheerleading Nationals. Laney is the youngest of five children and the daughter of Trixine and Jonathan Grant.
Ansley is from Plano, Texas and is studying nursing at UMHB. She has been a cheerleader since the 8th grade and was a captain of the cheer squad at Clark High School. Ansley started dancing with the Hathaway Academy of Ballet at the age of five and finished with the Academy as a member of the Senior Company. She performed in over fifty performances throughout her career involving traditional ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz styles of dance. She spent her summers as a camper and counselor at the YMCA Camp High Harbour in Clayton, Georgia where she completed their Advanced Leadership Academy. Ansley is a Certified Nursing Assistant and wants to work in pediatrics when she graduates.
Kirsten is a nursing major at UMHB. Kirsten is from Centerville, Tx, and the daughter of Jennifer and Jason Jeitz. She has cheered competitively in College Station, Texas at Powersports and at Centerville High School. Kirsten was named as an all-state, all academic cheerleader, as well as a member of legacy state team. She received NCA All-American, and now works for The National Cheerleading Association. Kirsten was an officer for National Honor Society, as well as the president of her graduating class.
Taelyn McCurdy is a Nursing major at UMHB. She comes to us from small town Aquilla, Tx where she was captain of her 6-man football cheerleading team and earned several All-American honors in cheerleading. She was proud to represent the Cougars for 4 years as captain of the FCA, and experience leading her peers through their christian walk while at Aquilla High. Taelyn is a summer swim instructor and enjoys her summers teaching in the water. Taelyn also participated in the National Honors Society and is a member of the National High School Scholars Association. She is the daughter of Rusty and Jade McCurdy.
Molly Rader is a 3-year member of the cheer team from Dallas, TX. She is pursuing a nursing degree and is an Honors student and a member of Gamma Beta Phi. Molly has been cheering competitively since the age of nine. She has cheered for award winning programs including the Pride All-Stars, Express Cheer, ProSpirit and Cheer Athletics. Her cheer accomplishments include being selected as both a UCA & NCA All-American Cheerleader. These honors allowed her to perform in the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While at Trinity Christian Academy Molly also helped her team win first place at TAPPS. Molly is the daughter of Bryan and Katherine Rader.
Addison is a nursing major at UMHB and is also on the cheerleading team. She cheered all through middle school and high school recieving 3 All American Team positions and Academic Excellence. Addison was involved in National Honor Society, Studnet Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and apart of the Track and Volleyball team at her hometown school, Corsicana High. She is the daughter of Lori and Jason Ray.
Elizabeth is a 3rd year member of the Cru Cheer team. She is pursuing a nursing degree and hopes to someday be a pediatric nurse. Elizabeth competed in gymnastics for 10 years before continuing her athletic career as a cheerleader. She is a two time All-American cheerleader, and a three time First Team All State member. As captain of her cheer team senior year, she lead the Round Rock Christian Academy squad to second in the state. Elizabeth is the daughter of Larry and Beverly Russell.
Kennedy is a Pre-Nursing major at UMHB. She was a Mustang cheerleader at Life High School Waxahachie for 4 years and was nominated twice for UCA All American Cheerleader. She also ran Varsity cross country and track. Kennedy was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with her Associates of Science Degree with Honors through the dual credit program. She received Pharmacy, IV Sterilization, Phlebotomy and Patient Care Tech certifications. She is the daughter of Perry and Nicole Wester.
Olivia is a nursing major at UMHB. She was a 3 year Varsity Cheerleader at Bastrop High School, as well as dancing competitively for 6 years. She was captain of the Varsity team and UCA All American Cheerleader her senior year. Olivia was also involved in National Honor Society as well as a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is the daughter Cody and Melinda Whitfill.
Page last updated March 29, 2021