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Hart High School cheerleader squad hosts Spirit Day for 60 children

Girls shout for cheer

Posted: September 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Children learn a routine from Hart High School cheerleaders as they host their annual Spirit Day in Newhall on Saturday.

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The walls of the Hart High School gymnasium rang with the shouts of both cheerleaders and cheer followers during the school’s Cheer Spirit Day on Saturday.

Approximately 60 girls from ages 5 to 12 gathered with their parents in the school gym to learn the ropes of cheerleading from the high school’s own cheer squad during the annual event to teach cheer fundamentals and foster young prospects.

Donna Schienle, the cheer squad president, said the event lets participants “have a little fun” while also introducing them to the program’s cheerleaders, including her own daughter Jaycee.

Jaycee Schienle, a member of the Hart High School cheerleading squad, was a young recruit at Spirit Day for several years before joining the squad. She said one of the program’s benefits is the sneak peek it provides into high school life.

“I think (the program) gets them a feel of why they want to come here,” she said.

Going through the program like she did can also help give a leg up to those looking to gain a spot on the squad, Jaycee Schienle said.

Lisa Parra, an adviser for the cheer program, said organizers see multiple returnees every year, adding the cheer program draws heavily on attendees to fill its ranks.

“It’s like our farm system, our minor leagues,” she said.

One such minor leaguer was Karina Lopez, who at 5 years old was attending her second Spirit Day program, though her first at Hart High School. Lopez said that, though she thought the event was fun, it could also be embarrassing.

“I don’t like showing off my moves,” she said.

The cheerleaders and their pupils will reunite Oct. 5 to perform at the football game against West Ranch High School.

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