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Girls rock out in annual summer cheerleading camp

June 20, 2011

Friends and family packed the West Point High School gymnasium Friday afternoon as over 300 cheerleaders performed various dance routines and cheers at the West Point Junior Cheerleaders summer day camp.

In all roughly 320 girls from grades K-3 to 6 worked one-on-one with several of the junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders throughout the week all in preparation to perform in front of a large crowd.

It was obvious how hard they worked judging by the enormous round of

“We are really excited about our turn out this week,” co-organizer and high school cheerleader sponsor Pamela Anderson said. “We were extremely happy with the amount of small ones that we had this year. That just goes to prove we still have people that are supporting the Green Wave.”

The camp, entering it’s 25th year and organized in part by Rosezella Reese, the sponsor for the junior high squads, has grown over the last several years. The largest she said was 474 in 2008.

That goes to show that even in tough economic times, the community still wants their children to be involved in many activities during the summer.

“We can contribute our growth to the success if our athletic department over the last several years,” Anderson said. “People love their Green Wave here in West Point and people really want to support them academically and athletically.

Several school leaders were on hand including new superintendent Burnell McDonald, new high school principal Mario Willis and athletic director and head football coach Chris Chambless who offered some advice to young girls.

“I commend you for coming here this week,” he said. “Being an athlete is never easy, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But when your a student athlete, remember your a student first.”

After the teams performed, the winners were announced for the jump-off competition in each age group and include Mollie Brown, Jazzmaine Rice, Shelisa Doss, Tonia Randle, Essence Tillman and Destiny Matthews.

Anderson believes that because of the support from the community the camp will continue for many years to come.

“It’s become a tradition here in West Point,” she said. “As long as we have little girls who want to participate in our program, we will be having the camp.”

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