Wildcat cheerleaders take the mat

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The Jenison Varsity cheer team storms the judges in round 1.

The Jenison Varsity cheer team storms the judges in round 1.

Elise Wiers and Jacque Capulong

Elise Wiers and Jacque Capulong

The Jenison Varsity cheer team storms the judges in round 1.

Emma Elders, Staff Writer

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The Jenison cheerleaders had a home competition on December 20, 2017.  The competition was on a Wednesday night and went from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The 7th grade, 8th grade, JV, and Varsity teams are continuing to improve even though it is only the beginning of the season.  There were many tough teams, but Jenison pushed through and placed very well at the competition.

The 7th grade cheer team took first place and hit 100 points in round 2.  The 7th graders are doing a great job this season with their solid stunts and clean motions.  This may be their first year as cheerleaders, but they are a very strong team.

The 8th grade team took third place at Jenison.  They beat their previous round 2 score by 10 points and their previous round 3 score by 25 points.  The 8th grade team is already improving very early in the season.

The JV cheer team took second place and performed their round 3 for the very first time.  Their stunts were clean and solid with very powerful voices.  

“I think my team needs to work on cleaning up skills, staying tight, and working together as a team,” said Izzy Mitchell, JV cheerleader.  

“I also think that we need to work on our timing, so we get better scores from the judges,” said Carmina Laster, JV cheerleader.

One obstacle the JV team faced was having two new cheerleaders step in round 3.  These cheerleaders only had two days to learn the whole round.  In the end, they performed a very good round 3.

The Varsity team took second place at the competition.   A Varsity cheerleader was unable to compete, so a new stunt group was put into round 3.  This stunt group never stunted together until the day of the competition.  

“It was very scary to stunt with a new stunt.  I think we need to work on our voices and focus more on round 3,” said Chelsea Doornaert, Varsity cheerleader.  There was a 16 point penalty in round 3, but the team pulled through and placed very well at Jenison.

In conclusion, the Jenison cheerleaders of 2017-2018 are continuing to amaze the audience.  The cheerleaders have many competitions left this season.  Even though it is only the begin of the season, this is definitely a year to remember in Jenison cheerleading history.

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