Moffat County High School senior Cassie Rogers said she is excited to attend college in California. The MCHS cheer team captain will be attending Hope International University near of Los Angeles in the fall.

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Moffat County High School senior Cassie Rogers said she is excited to attend college in California. The MCHS cheer team captain will be attending Hope International University near of Los Angeles in the fall.

Living out the dream

MCHS senior cheerleader earns college scholarship

— Fifth grade.

That was when Cassie Rogers decided she wanted to cheer in college.

"It has been a goal for me ever since," the Moffat County High School senior said.

So, she took dance classes and gymnastics to enhance not only her skill, but also her chance at advancing past the high school level.

It paid off.

March 13.

Cassie and her mother Tammy flew to California, where the Bulldogs cheer team captain signed a national letter of intent to attend Hope International University in Fullerton.

"I'm really excited to live out this dream," she said. "I've been cheerleading for 10 years and four different squads. I've been building up to it, and I'm really excited to get to go."

Cassie said she picked up a lot from her four different coaches at the high school level, but it was her coach from her years on the Craig all-star cheer team - Dawn Rader - who taught her the most.

"I learned the most when I was younger," she said. "I think if anybody taught me a lot, it was Dawn."

Cassie is the first Bulldog cheerleader to earn a college scholarship, and Athletic/Activities Director Jeff Simon said he couldn't be more proud.

"I've never heard of anybody earning a cheer scholarship," Simon said. "But, the cheerleaders are the face of our athletics. They are the first person that you see. I think getting an accomplishment like this for Cassie, and all the work that she's put in, I think it's awesome."

Cassie is the sixth Moffat County athlete to earn an athletic scholarship this year, joining Caitlin Conci (University of Wyoming) Kelsey Conci (University of North Dakota) JT Haddan (Colorado State University at Pueblo) Angie Charchalis (Colorado School of Mines) and Markie Workman (Adams State College).

She admitted that she's a bit nervous, leaving a school where she has been captain and heading to a new program and starting over at the bottom.

"It's completely different," she said. "It was so hard for me. : That part is really nerve-racking because I'm going into a whole new field of cheerleading that I have never had any experience in."

Cassie has until fall before the nerves kick in, and until then, she'll be doing what lead down this path.

Cheering.

"I have a chance at a national title this weekend with the all-star cheer team," she said. "That's a goal I want to achieve before I go. And I think I'm going to work at a cheer camp in the summer.

"I'm not done cheering in Craig yet. It just keeps going and going and going."

Ultimately, all the way to California.

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