Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cheerleaders invited to perform at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii

WRHS’s Cheerleaders. From back, left-right: Alejandra Hurtado, Mellisa Molina, Maricruz Baltazar, Karina Rangel, Kati Sanders, Patricia Orozco, Krystal Rodriguez, Rosie Paredes and Adriana Gomez. Not pictured: Shanniece Hall and Kay Cee Walton

By Damian Thornton

Express Intern

With the 2010-11 school year still more than two months away, the 11 girls comprising Wood River High School's Cheerleading Squad are already earning themselves a great deal of attention.

The entire squad has been given the opportunity to perform in front of some 50,000 NFL fans at the 2011 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, January 30. This nationally televised event attracted more than 12 million viewers in 2010. Cheer Coach Amanda Ornelas says attending will require a great deal of fundraising by the girls, who already keep extremely busy with year-round practices while maintaining an active role within the community and classroom.

"These girls have a lot of money to raise, and we want to make sure we give back at the same time," Ornelas explained. "Strong routines are just not enough."

In addition to organizing several clinics for young aspiring cheerleaders and selling ducks for Hailey Rotary's annual Wagon Days Duck Race, the team recently announced their "Cheer For a Cure" program. Each cheerleader will sport 10 to 12 logos of sponsoring businesses on the back of their shirt—to school, around town and during some football and basketball games. A portion of the proceeds will benefit cancer research, with the remainder helping the girls get to Hawaii, as well as any other events they have been invited to as individuals.

Team captains Rosie Paredes and Alejandra Hurtado have been given the chance to perform at the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Paredes also won a spot on the All-American Cheerleading Team, and was invited to take part in a parade in London, England as well as perform at a national cheerleading competition in Anaheim, Calif. next April.

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