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Journal Writing Project Falcon Cheerleading

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

It's the beginning of the school year, and with the New Year comes brand new things! Fillmore Central has just brought back their very own cheerleading squad! This year is the first year since 2009 that cheerleaders will suit up and take on the cold of football games and the rush of basketball games. The cheer squad for football consisted of Sammy Kiehne, Stephanie Hendrickson, Samantha Trende, Cassie Holm, Katelyn McIntosh, Sierra Haugerud, Sydnie Huffman, Jordan O'Connor, and Sarah Riecks. The squads coach is Melissa Kiehne.

The girls normally have practice two to three times a week, and that includes learning cheers, stretching out, learning new dances, and recently added, practicing stunts! There were two fliers in the squad, and they were Sierra Haugerud and Stephanie Hendrickson, and they learned a lot about trust and keeping balance! The stunts the cheerleaders did were basket tosses, elevators, the teddy bear, and they even learned how to do toe touches in mid-air! In the beginning the girls were a little uneasy about getting thrown so high into the air, but after some trust exercises they were soon flying high!

The girls did a wonderful job during football season and always cheered on and supported their team no matter what the score was. They also presented some really awesome run-through signs for the boys to rip through after half time! The squad didn't have cheer captains for football because they were just getting started, and they needed to make sure they had enough girls to get cheerleading started, so all the seniors were awarded captain pins for the football season.

This year's basketball cheerleaders consist of Cassie Holm, Sammy Kiehne, Sierra Haugerud, Samantha Trende, Katelyn McIntosh, Dana Parkurst, Lindsey Weiss, Michaela Lund, and the newest 8th graders, Lexie Dols, and Addy Eiken. They will still have the same coach, but while Melissa is gone Marybeth Armstrong has been supervising the girls while they practice. Rumor has it that the girls are also hitting the gym to stay in shape so they can extend their stunt routine. During basketball, the team decided to choose captains and they are Cassie Holm and Samantha Kiehne. Sammy says "The cheerleaders have been doing a really great job and there has been a lot of interest coming from the younger grades!"

So when you go to your next Fillmore Central basketball team look out for those high-flying cheerleaders, and help them cheer on our FCHS boys!

Stephanie Hendrickson is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its thirteen year.

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