Kristi Shaw

Hi!  My name is Kristi Shaw. I am the Owner/Coach at Advanced Cheer All Starz. I started the program in 2000 with two things in mind. First, to grow the awareness of the sport and second, to have the opportunity to coach my own two daughters.  My ACC journey has allowed me to become such an intricate part of so many athlete’s lives and for this I am forever grateful.

My degree is in Motivational Psychology with an emphasis in health and wellness. My coaching philosophy is as follows:  Task (teaching fundamental sound skill sets) + Interpersonal communication (meeting my athletes from the heart) = Optimum Results (SUCCESS).  ACC athletes that have a desire to learn and grow are my favorite types of students to coach!

On a daily basis you can find me at Cowley College where I am the Vice President of Student Affairs. I have worked at Cowley for 25 years and have had amazing athletes continue their passion in the sport by cheering at Cowley College & or D1, D2 colleges. I am an advocate for helping student athletes find their strengths, purpose and passion. I do believe it takes a village to raise our children & I am very proud to be an intricate part of the village.

On a personal note, I couldn’t have built my success without my late husband of 25 years, Brian Shaw. Brian blessed me with my oldest daughter, Halston Sawyer, who is married to our amazing son- in- law Dr. Sam Sawyer, along with our youngest daughter Hadlea Renee Shaw. They truly have been my support system through the good the bad and the ugly and I love them with all my heart and soul!  I must also share that I love my fur baby Frenchy  “Cubby”  and my gorgeous grand dogs-Thor, Wrigley Thomas and Steele!

Thank you for supporting ACC and we hope to see you soon!
Coach Kristi



Hello, my name is Dejah Norris, I am Twenty years old, and I am from Ponca city. I grew up dancing and tumbling at my grandma’s studio. Miss Frans Dance and Tumbling Studio from when I could walk until I graduated high school. As I grew older, I began helping with tumbling classes and privates with my mom.  When I got to eighth grade, I did school cheer for Ponca city public school and cheered all the way through my senior year, where I was captain cheerleader. My sophomore year of high school me and my sister Destinee finally talked our mom into letting us do ACC. The first day coming there it was a whole different atmosphere everyone worked together to make things work and acted like family. I was on senior platinum for three years and while being on that team, we went to the summit twice and won NCA once in 2019. I loved every moment of it and the memories that came with it. As some people may know I tend to be on the quiet side but when it comes to coaching, I know when to get loud and I love seeing people accomplish skills they have been working hard for. I can’t wait to meet all the girls and help coach them and get that fourth NCA title hanging up in the gym!!

Destinee Ray


My name is Destinee Ray, I’m 22 years old from Ponca City. I’ve danced and tumbled since I was 3 years old. I started school cheerleading in 8th grade through college. I started cheering at ACC my junior year of Highschool and fell in love with all-star cheerleading. During my 3 years on Senior Platinum, we won NCA and Summit. I would say my coaching style is finding ways to keep my team motivated while still having fun!

Alissa Sheppard

My name is Alissa Sheppard. A native of Wichita, I participated in Cheerleading throughout middle and high school and received a cheer scholarship to Southwestern College. After graduating with a bachelor's in Communication, I coached cheer at SC and worked on my Master’s in Organizational Leadership, and I spent several years coaching cheer at Winfield High. Currently, I am an active cheer mom at ACC.  My daughter Ava and Jayden are both on competitive teams.  I am looking forward to lending my skills and expertise to our ACC family.

Jennie Willard

My name is Jennie Willard and I am the office manager here at ACC. I am also a Special Education teacher at South Haven Elementary where I work with PreK to 8th-grade students. I have two grown children, Alex (25) and Tia (23). Tia started cheering for ACC when she was 6 years old.  I started helping Kristi with the gym a few years later. Tia continue to cheer with ACC all throughout school until she graduated from high school. She then cheered at KState for four years. She graduated from athletic training in 2021. Alex graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2021 and is a manufacturing engineer. I stayed at the gym helping Kristi because, after years of watching Kristi and the other coaches develop skills in the athletes that proceed long past their cheerleading career, I just cannot leave.  I enjoy watching the cheerleaders grow year after year and watching them turn into successful people on and off the mat. 

Advanced Cheer Crew

 Address: 1504 South M St Arkansas City,  KS 67005

Phone number: 620-660-2067 or 620-506-7335

Email: accallstarz@gmail.com

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