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Living - August 28, 2009

DVHS cheerleaders reach new heights

by Rachael Byron

Dougherty Valley High School's cheer program has a new look to it. Both varsity and JV squads attended cheer camp at UC Davis last week and discovered some hidden talent.

On the second night of camp, seven DVHS cheerleaders tried out against their peers for the title of All American cheerleader. Of the seven who tried out, four cheerleaders qualified. Maddy Bodiford, Jasmine Kriston, Felicia Manan and Maty Schultze have the possibility to wing their way to London, England, in December in order to compete on the international level. The very same Felicia Manan also won the award of best jump at camp, over some 250 other high school cheerleaders.

JV and varsity squads alike showed up each morning ready to work hard, despite the 100-plus degree heat. Their efforts were rewarded each evening with a spirit stick. By the last day of camp, JV and varsity were anxious to receive their evaluations from the UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) staff. Collectively, the two squads walked away with five trophies to add to the DVHS trophy case. Among the trophies, JV was awarded with second place in the JV cheer division and first place in the JV dance division.

With camp behind them, the DVHS cheerleaders now look forward to competing at the regional level with the hopes of qualifying for the annual national competition held in Anaheim every spring. They bring with them to practice each day the determination, dedication and enthusiasm required for such a lofty goal. Their new cheer coaches, Karie Manning and Rachael Byron, are thrilled with the progress both squads have made, and the obvious potential of the girls. They particularly appreciate the varsity squad's leadership as these girls spearhead Dougherty's new cheer program.

In order to establish a growing cheer program, the DVHS JV and varsity cheerleaders are excited to host a cheer clinic for local boys and girls ages 5 to 14 the week of Oct. 26-29, culminating with a performance at the varsity football game held at Dougherty on Friday, Oct. 30.

These DVHS cheerleaders are well on their way to helping Dougherty continue to establish its reputation for having a tradition of excellence.