Cheerleading becoming a sport at HVA

Final of two-school series

Hardin Valley Academy cheerleaders practicing their stunts include, from left, first stunt, Kenney Price, Hannah Ryan and Saylot King; second stunt, Keaton Cofer, Amber Brown, Brianna Weber and Kathryn Gunter; third stunt, Cassy Payton, Madi Jones, Sydney Stamey, Chloe Clevenger, and fourth stunt, Meeya Lowery, Makenna Phillips and Bailey McGehee. Cheering has become more than an intramural activity, Hardin Valley Academy cheerleading coach Julie Gunter said.

“Lots of people think cheerleading is not a sport, but it is becoming more of a sport,” Gunter said. “You have to be on top of your game.

“Most high school programs require the team to participate in a weekly tumbling class at an outside facility,” she added. “Not only does this offer them an opportunity to polish their existing skills and learn new ones, but it also gives them an opportunity to utilize floor space for any halftime or competition routines they might be putting together.”

While gymnastics classes are not a prerequisite to trying out, she said girls do get more points for tumbling when they try out for cheerleading through Knox County Schools.
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FHS club wins CodeTN

FHS Coding Club meets each Friday after school with team sponsor and computer science teacher, Mary Lin. Posing with CodeTN awards are, fron row from left, are Claire Stoneham, Lauren Fiet and Brianne Martin. Back row, from left, are Dennis Ross, Ethan Davila, Eric Wang and Tyler Senter. “Create a computer program that will benefit the public. Make it interactive. And then present it to the judges.”

When Farragut High School computer science teacher Mary Lin offered the Coding Club the opportunity to compete in the third CodeTN competition, it was a “Yes!” The students knew it would be a six-month process, but they also knew that the first-place team would receive $5,000 for their classroom and $500 for each student on the team — a pretty sweet deal. Second place wasn’t bad either: $2,500 per classroom and $250 per student.

“In the competition, they develop a dynamic web application with a database attached that provides some sort of service to the community,” Lin said.
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