Friday, December 10, 2010

Cheerleaders shop for a good cause, plan new projects

WRHS rooters are busy this holiday

Wood River High School cheerleaders help get the crowd going during the Wolverine boys’ basketball season-opening game against Kimberly Dec. 1 in Hailey. Shown here, from left, are Lucy Baeza, Krystal Rodriguez, varsity co-captain Shanniece Hall, varsity captain Rosie Paredes, Paty Regalado-Orozco, Maricruz Baltazar and Corina Salinas.

The Wood River High School cheerleaders spent their weekend shopping for more than 700 children for the Sawtooth Board of Realtors' Community Holiday Baskets.

On Saturday, they went to Twin Falls and on Sunday they traveled to Jerome.

"With smiles on their faces and warm hearts, the cheerleaders shopped for all the children who would otherwise not get a Christmas this year," WRHS cheerleading coach Amanda Ornelas said.

The coach added, "That's just some of the community service they've done this year. They raised money for cancer research with their Cheer for a Cure campaign and gave more than 14 hours of service to local organizations during their Wolverine Give Back in November."

Participating girls from Wood River were Adriana Gomez, Maricruz Baltazar, Rosie Paredes, Shanniece Hall, Corina Salinas, Lucy Baeza, Paty Regalado-Orozco, Krystal Rodriguez, Melissa Molina, Karina Rangel and Alejandra Hurtado.

"Some of these girls are also going to perform next month at the ProBowl in Hawaii," Ornelas said. "Rosie Paredes, varsity captain, performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with cheerleaders from other parts of the nation.

"After we get permission from the school board, we plan on going to a national cheerleading competition at Anaheim, Calif., during their spring break. They will look to do some community service work there, too. 

"I'm very proud of them!" 

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