CCS Cheerleaders, from left, Hannah Meeske, Yeraldin Almanza and Sydnie Allen have been accepted into the Cheer Hawaii program and will be taking part in a 10-day cheer camp this summer. (Johnson Publications photo)

Three CCS cheerleaders in Cheer Hawaii program

Three sophomore cheerleaders from Chase County Schools (CCS) have been accepted into the Cheer Hawaii program.
    Sydnie Allen, Yeraldin Almanza and Hannah Meeske each successfully completed the process to be chosen for the cheer program.
    Requirements for selection began with the cheer coach’s recommendation. Each cheerleader was then interviewed and filled out a questionnaire.
    The last two requirements were they had to excel in school and qualify for Cheer Hawaii’s high standard of moral character, said Ayla Smith, assistant cheer coach.
    The 10-day cheer camp is June 21-28, 2018 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
    There will be around 150 boy and girl high school cheerleaders from all 50 states participating in the program.
    Assisting with the program will be high school and college cheer coaches from all over the U.S.
    This is the 17th year for the Cheer Hawaii program. It is primarily open to high school sophomores and juniors. On rare occasions, seniors have been accepted into the program, said Smith.
    Each cheerleader must raise $3,000 for the trip. The three cheerleaders from CCS will be doing various fundraisers which will include selling Longhorn merchandise on the website, selling savings cards and butter braids and a spaghetti supper, to name a few.
    While in Hawaii, the participants will be receiving daily instruction and practices with a final showcase consisting of groups of 10 cheerleaders performing a complete routine.
    It won’t be all work, said Smith. The visiting cheerleaders will have opportunities to take daily trips to historical sites and famous locations while in Hawaii.
    She said everyone is proud of what these students have accomplished.
    “The girls are very excited for the opportunity to go and represent our community,” added Smith.

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