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A ‘Rah!’ deal

Cheerleadeaders return from camp in Hawaii

Christaline Thompson and Grace Henderson learned 10 chants, seven cheers, two dances and six stunts during their time at a Cheer Hawaii camp from June 29 to July 9. But the most memorable times were away from the lessons.

“My favorite part of the trip was when the whole camp went on a trolley all over Honolulu,” said Thompson, a senior next year at Moffat County High School. “The music was turned up, and everyone was dancing, even the people on the streets yelled with us.”

“I really liked it when everyone would go to the beaches together,” Henderson said, “but my favorite was when we went to Pearl Harbor.”

Cheer Hawaii takes place in Honolulu. Cheerleaders across America are nominated by their coaches and then are selected by the camp.

Thompson and Henderson were nominated to attend the camp by coach Susie Lord.

“In order for a cheerleader to be nominated, they had to have the three skills of cheerleading — tumbling, cheering abilities and their overall attitude,” Lord said. “They had to be a junior or a senior, and their grade point averages were considered. I nominated four girls, and only two were selected.”

To go to Hawaii, the girls had to raise about $3,000. They would sell cotton candy at games and tournaments held at the high school.

“Sponsors like Village Inn and Home Town Homes really helped me a lot. Friends and family also helped with raising the money,” Henderson said. “Any little jobs that I had, all the money went straight to me going to Hawaii.”

The girls were split into separate groups. There were 10 groups of 12 girls, so they had a chance to make new friends.

“All the cheerleaders there had such a positive attitude about everything, it made me have a different outlook about cheerleading,” Thompson said.

Thompson and Henderson got to experience more than cheerleading. They also made friendships with cheerleaders across the country.

The girls agreed the camp was well worth the cost.

Thompson said, “The camp made me respect cheerleading a lot more.”

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