Plenty to cheer for as 113 attend CHS camp.
Byline: JIM BEERS Contributing Writer
A total of 113 young ladies had a lot to cheer about during the annual Chester High School Cheer Camp held this month at Chester High School's Juergen's Gymnasium.
The attendees ranged in from 3-years-old to 8th grade at this year's camp. The girls were divided into three groups and were trained by the Chester High School Cheer squad. The curriculum consisted of learning cheers, a dance, sideline moves and cheers, as well as overall cheerleading decorum.
In addition to work of cheerleading, the campers had a time for playing games, bonding with the CHS Cheerleaders and snacks.
The end goal of the camp was for the campers to perform at halftime of the Chester High School boys basketball game Feb. 10, when the YellowJackets hosted Black Diamond Conference rival Trico.
The performance took place at the midpoint of the varsity game. All 113 girls sat together in the stands next to the CHS Pep Band during the first half and after the buzzer sounded, and all the cheerleaders made their way to Rocky Bridges' Court for the performance.
Each group took center stage by themselves, at which time they showed what they had learned at camp. Each performance consisted of a basketball cheer followed by a combination cheer/dance routine. The packed house met all three performances with a tremendous round of applause.
"We were very proud of all of the girls," said cheer coach Rachel Marshall. "They behaved well all week at camp and per-
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formed like stars at halftime. They stole the show and everyone demonstrated that they had learned a lot throughout the week."
Each camper received a 2018 Cheer Camp T-shirt that they wore for the performance and everyone had the option of purchasing special cheer shorts and having a photo taken with the CHS Cheerleaders.
Marshall extended a heartfelt thank you to all of the cheerleaders that gave their time and talent to teach and mentor the little campers. A special thank you was also extended to the cheer moms that helped with the camp throughout the week and during the performance.
The camp was organized and managed by CHS cheer coaches Marshall and Michelle Rust. Cheerleader-coaches included seniors Karson Colvis, Ashley Hennrich, Kaylah Hasemeyer, Emily Atchison, Allison Kennon and Faye Hathaway. Juniors included Cara Childs and Kamryn Wingerter.
Sophomores included Ashtyn Jany, Elyzabeth Mitchell, Addie Blechle, Parker Knippa, Amira Al-Jassim and Jessica Handel. Freshmen included Kennedy Herrell, Lauren Soellner and Melody Colonel.