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Cheerleaders perform with youth

posted Feb 18, 2016, 9:41 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 18, 2016, 9:44 AM ]

The girls pose after completing their dance routine to “Cheerleader.” They learned their cheer and dance routine the night before, and the performance was between the basketball games against Bluestem. Photo by Farrah Gilmere

The 2016 Cheer Clinic was held on Feb. 2. The cheerleaders worked with girls from  kindergarten to fifth grade the night before to learn a cheer and a dance routine. The cheerleaders and girls performed between the girls and boys varsity games against Bluestem.

This year’s cheerleading squad includes seniors Romi Huggins and Haley Kelly-Oakman, sophomores Clarissa Snow and Katia Wright, and freshmen Cassidy Oswald and Leah Reep.

“I really enjoyed dancing with the girls and seeing how much they enjoyed cheering,” Snow said.

The cheerleaders taught the girls basic cheer and dance moves, including how to do a toe touch and how to “spirit”, which is showing spirit when a cheer is over.

“Teaching the girls how to jump and watching them perform was the best part of the clinic,” Reep said.

The girls performed the cheer known as the “All-American Cheer”, or “Go Cardinals”, and a dance routine to “Cheerleader” by OMI.

“They cheerleaders taught the girls very well,” cheer sponsor Jennifer Kunz said. “I was impressed, and the girls caught on quickly.”