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Coupeville High School senior Mica Shipley is a captain and flier for the award-winning Wolves cheer squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The spotlight just got a lot bigger.

Coupeville High School senior Mica Shipley has been at the forefront of the Wolf cheer program since day one, a star who has soared to new heights with each new season.

An award winner since she first entered the cheer world as a six-year-old, Shipley has grown into a team captain and a super-talented flier, and she helped lead Coupeville back into competitive cheer last year.

After placing third at state in their return engagement, the Wolves are aiming to qualify for nationals this season, and struck gold Saturday, winning a regional competition.

Through it all, Shipley, an outgoing young woman who combines intelligence, hard work and laser focus in the pursuit of her dreams, has been one of the rocks CHS coach BreAnna Boon can always count on.

Now, though, the Wolf cheer-master might want to ask her captain for an autograph, in a bid to get in on the ground floor as the Mica Shipley Show goes nation-wide.

The Wolf senior is currently appearing in ads for Glitter Starz, an Illinois-based company which is a national leader in custom all-star uniforms, warm-ups and other cheer essentials.

Catch a rising star. (Photos property of Josh Lusk/Glitter Starz)

Shipley was plucked from the masses after getting her senior photos done by Josh Lusk, who specializes in cheer photography.

After he posted some of her photos, Glitter Starz selected Shipley as one of 50 girls they were interested in as models.

From there, she survived the cut from 50 to the final six.

Now, Shipley can be seen on all of the Glitter Starz social media pages, from Facebook to Instagram, and in the company’s magazines.

A prairie legend gets her moment in the national spotlight.

Coupeville always knew Mica was a star.

Yesterday, Whidbey Island.

Today, the USA.

Tomorrow, the world.

How do you spell Mica Shipley? S-U-P-E-R-S-T-A-R.

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CHS cheerleaders (l to r) Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Emily Fiedler, Dawson Houston, and Melia Welling celebrate their success. (BreAnna Boon photos)

Your regional champs.

Disney World is in sight.

The Coupeville High School cheerleaders kicked off a new season of competition Saturday by winning their class at the UCA Northwest Regional, which brings the dream of a trip to nationals that much closer.

The Wolves, who vied in small coed non-tumbling, are in their second season of competition after many years of being only a sideline squad.

Last year they surpassed their goals, not only making it to state, but claiming 3rd place in 1A while there.

This time around, CHS coach BreAnna Boon and her squad, which has added male cheerleaders Gavin St Onge and Dawson Houston, are aiming to qualify for nationals, which are held in Florida.

“We will find out later this week if we qualify to go to nationals! NATIONALS!!,” said an excited, and sleep-deprived Boon. “That’s not something that was even in our dreams when we started the competition team last year, but here we are!

“It’s crazy to think that’s even possible for such a small squad, but if they are gonna get that bid, this would be the team to do it!,” she added. “Nationals is at Disney world, in Orlando, Florida, which is a big reach for our little tiny town, but these kids can do it no question.”

While they’re aiming beyond state this season, the Wolves have already shown they could qualify for that meet, if they wanted.

Coupeville scored a 69.70 in their event Saturday, and the qualifying score for state in small coed non-tumbling is 59.

Saturday’s competition was a regional event, and doesn’t count officially towards qualifying for state, but a statement was made.

“If the kids keep improving, the state qualifying score is already there,” Boon said.

But, as stated before, Coupeville is aiming for the top rung this season, and, with that goal, came a quick start to the season.

“This competition was very early on in the game,” Boon said. “Usually teams don’t start competing until the end of November or December, so to go to a competition the very first Saturday of November was not an easy thing to do.”

Her squad put in strong work behind the scenes, which is already beginning to pay off.

“We have had to overcome so many obstacles I honestly didn’t know if we would make it to the competition,” Boon said. “Every single day this week we were thrown a curve ball.

“But this is, by far, one of the strongest teams I have ever coached – mentally and physically,” she added. “They know how to get their head in the game and get the work done.”

It’s already shown results, as the Wolves returned from regionals and promptly stormed the office of CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“My favorite part of the day was when the kids got the trophy they all yelled “THIS IS GOING IN WILLIE’S OFFICE!!,” Boon said with a big laugh.

“They were most excited to bring that hardware back to set it in his window sill,” she added. “Their goal is to line his office with trophies!”

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Ja’Tarya Hoskins (center) leads off a parade of CHS senior cheerleaders. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Melia Welling

Ashleigh Battaglia

Marenna Rebischke-Smith

Ella Bueler

Mica Shipley (with flowers)

Wolf coach BreAnna Boon joins the celebration.

They’re the true MVP’s.

The hardest-working cheer squad in the business was back at it Friday night, but with a twist.

Before the dances, the cheers, and flinging each other skyward, the Wolf cheerleaders honored their veterans on Senior Night.

A pack of six strong, talented young women, they have been at the forefront of the program’s rise and will leave a considerable legacy when they depart.

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Marenna Rebischke-Smith leads off a series of Wolf cheer portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Karyme Castro

Emily Fiedler

Lucy Crouch

Coral Caveness

Mica Shipley

Kim Castro

Ready to get loud.

Let’s take a moment to honor maybe the hardest-working team in Wolf Nation.

The Coupeville High School cheer team puts in the work like few others, and does it without a complaint.

The pics seen above, snapped before the fall sports season began, capture a number of the individual Wolves, as well as a team shot in which the squad members let their personalities show through.

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Senior Ashleigh Battaglia leads a cheer squad that can bring the noise and the funk. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Back, left to right: Lucy Crouch, coach BreAnna Boon, Coral Caveness, Battaglia, Mica Shipley, Emily Fiedler. Front: Kim Castro, Marenna Rebischke-Smith, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Melia Welling, Karyme Castro.

Fiedler gets a helping hand (or three) from her teammates.

Hoskins was a key part of a Wolf cheer team which claimed 3rd place at state last season.

Fiedler and Shipley go gliding.

Welling has been in the cheer biz most of her life.

Fiedler fires the bow and arrow.

“We’re coming for all your state titles! All of them!!”

They can’t be contained.

Whether working the sidelines or the gym, the Coupeville High School cheer squad is among the best in the state, offering equal parts fire and excitement in their routines.

As they sit a day away from pulling their first sideline duty of the fall — CHS football is home Friday vs. Port Townsend — John Fisken offers up a medley of cheertastic pics to get things kicked off.

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