News Release, Cougars Elite Cheerleading (CEC) Booster Club Board of Directors

Cougars Elite Cheerleading (CEC), a St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks affiliated program, just completed its ninth season in spectacular fashion. Based in Lexington Park, MD, CEC provides the all-star cheerleading experience to athletes from the ages of 4 to 18 with all the advantages of a recreation program. With 92 athletes, 12 coaches and a tremendous family of CEC supporters, the organization brought home the following during the 2018-2019 season:

  • 21 First-Place Championship Titles
  • 6 Grand Champion Titles
  • 1 High Score Award
  • 1 Specialty Award
  • 2 Full Paid Bids to the US Finals
  • 3 Full Paid Bids to Level Legends
  • 2 US Final Champions
  • 1 US Final Grand Champion

Capping off an already sensational year, all CEC teams placed in the top 5 of their respective divisions, with CEC Divas winning the Junior 1 Recreation Club division and CEC Vengeance winning the Youth 2 Recreation Club division at the US Finals in Virginia Beach, VA. Both of these teams became US Finals Champions, and moved on to the Champions Challenge which ranks the No. 1-seeded teams from each event location across the United States.

CEC Vengeance was ultimately victorious, and won the title of US Finals Grand Champion ranking them No. 1 in the nation for the Youth 2 Recreation Club division.

Within the last five years, CEC has ultimately earned five US Finals Champions and two US Finals Grand Champions. 

The Cougars Elite Cheerleading program’s primary focus is not only to prepare and compete in local, state and national competitions, but to teach athletes self-confidence, athleticism and sportsmanship. During the year, squads concentrate on all components of cheerleading including tumbling, dance, stunting, jumps and showmanship. Coaches have extensive backgrounds in cheerleading and tumbling. For more information about the teams or program, you can email

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