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Bring it on! Fillmore Central Style

By Gabby Kinneberg

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Garrett Wangen is Fillmore Central’s first boy cheerleader. Photo by Jade Sexton

By Gabby Gatzke

Growing up, our parents often offer us a variety of opportunity to try different activities in school and in our communities.

For Garrett Wangen, a 12 year-old at Fillmore Central High School, an opportunity arose and he took advantage of it.

Fillmore Central offers cheerleading as a fall sport and for the years that Fillmore Central has existed, it has been a female dominated sport. But this year, that all changed.

Wangen has always liked dance according to his mother, Jade Sexton. Sexton said that her son as been interested in gymnastics and dancing since he was able to do them.

Aside from the dancing aspect of cheerleading, music was also a selling point for Wangen. He has always enjoyed listening to music and dancing to it.

Wangen decided to join cheerleading when he started the 7th grade in Harmony this year. Wangen said that his parents were both very supportive with his decision to join cheerleading and made it to every football game that he cheered at.

Wangen said the girls on the cheerleading squad have been very nice and were happy to see him join.

Sexton also noted that his coach Melissa Kiehne was also very welcoming to her son joining the cheer squad. She even helped get a custom made uniform for him to wear at all the games and pep fests.

As far as Wangen’s favorite part of cheerleading this year, he said the pep fest was definitely a favorite event for him, even though he was very nervous. Sexton said he did a great job regardless.

When noting what advice he could give to other boys who may be interested in cheerleading, Wangen said, “Be confident and do what you want to do!”

As far as Wangen’s future in cheerleading, he plans to stay active until graduation, and even has aspirations to continue his love for the sport into college. He has even began to teach his younger sister a thing or two in regards to cheers and dancing.

Wangen’s story proves that allowing young people to have different opportunities to participate in a variety of activities is something that leaves a lasting impression on them and their peers for a lifetime.

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