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Cheers for Junior Cheer Camp

About 110 girls learned cheers during the annual Farragut High School cheerleaders’ Junior Cheer Camp last week, at FHS commons.

Sixteen FHS cheerleaders split into teams of two or three and led rising kindergarten to eighth-grade students in cheers from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 26-30.

The camp brings cheerleaders full circle as many current FHS cheerleaders have come from junior cheer camp.

Melissa Glover, FHS teacher-sponsor for the cheerleaders, said, “My girls remember being there and it makes my girls excited about cheerleading, too.

“The camp makes the these girls excited about cheerleading and it’s almost a dream or a goal to work toward –– they idolize the Farragut cheerleaders.”

“These girls are going to come and see them at football games. … It’s important my girls are a good example to them,” Glover said.

“I think it’s great to see the community recognize that as well,” she added.

Shasta Todd, mother of camper Anna Kate, said the camp “promotes self confidence, physical activity and independence.”

“She got excited about it all on her own,” Todd said of her daughter.

Throughout the week, girls learned a cheer, chant and dance. They also learned jumps and a little bit of stunting, Glover said.

Glover sees many of the students from previous years participating year after year.

In her fourth year organizing the camp, she said this year’s camp was larger than in recent years. The camp has been held for several decades.

On the final day, Friday, campers performed their cheers for about 200 family and friends in FHS’s Vicki Wells Auditorium.

In particular, Glover said the 5- and 6-year old teams stood out from the others.

“The fact that they were able to pick up on these things was amazing,” Glover said.

While opening the eyes of hopeful cheerleaders is important, the camp also is a major fundraising opportunity for the team.

FHS cheerleading is funded solely by fundraisers. Cheer camp “gives us a really good start for the year,” Glover said.

Most of the profit from cheer camp will go toward insurance, warm-up outfits, equipment and team uniforms (starting cost for one uniform is $300-$400).

FHS cheerleaders and many of their parents volunteered during the camp.

Glover said she was proud of Lauren Wilhoit’s efforts. Lauren was the designated FHS cheerleader in charge of the event.


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