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BHS mascot qualifies for national honor

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Bandera High School Bulldog mascot Makayla Childers has been selected from thousands of applicants across the nation as one of the top nine finalists for the Varsity Spirit Mascot award this year, Bandera Independent School District officials have reported.

With the ranking, Childers qualifies to attend the award ceremony Varsity Spirit has scheduled in May to announce the winners.

Varsity Spirit, a worldwide leader in cheerleading and dance team apparel, educational camps and competitions, plans to award $100,000 to winners over 25 categories. Winners of each category will receive a $3,000 award, and the high school recognized as the most spirited will win a $25,000 grand prize.

Childers is competing against mascots from high schools in Tennessee, Washington, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio and Texas

Bandera High School Cheer Sponsor Kim Mooney, who nominated Childers for the honors, said “Makayla is the most special, spirited and positive leader and mascot and warms the hearts of all who know her. She is dedicated to her peers and teams and school and always encourages and uplifts them, never complaining or quitting.”

Childers is a national award-winning competitive cheerleader for the Kinectickids team.

She is applying to Texas A&M University for a possible admission to a program called Aggie ACHIEVE.

School district officials said they are pulling for her in all that she does.