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Young participants cheer Mont Alto clinic

November 10, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Locking her knee, Jordan Fogelsonger of Waynesboro, Pa., knew she stuck the extension lib stunt. Raising her hands to complete it, she could not help but smile.

For years, the 13-year-old Quincy Panthers cheerleader struggled with stunts, but on Sunday at the Penn State Mont Alto cheerleading clinic, she nailed many for the first time.

The one-day clinic helped young novice cheerleaders learn the cheering basics while providing varsity cheerleaders like Fogelsonger the chance to perfect some of the sport's toughest skills.

Penn State Cheerleading Coach Christina Yoder created the clinic in 2003 as a fundraiser for her squad. Since then it has become more than just a successful fundraiser, she said.

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"The clinic is good experience for our girls and guys to show leadership skills as they teach young cheerleaders," she said. "Plus, the (younger) girls get to practice the sport, see the campus and have a fun day."

Jordan Seymore, 7, of Shippensburg, Pa., came to the clinic Sunday to see how to "really" cheer, she said.

"I really wanted to see how to do it," she said. "Here, I got to work with the older girls to learn."

Jordan Seymore has only been cheering for one year, but she is ready to make it her sport.

For now, she is keeping her goals small, saying it would be her dream to cheer for the Greyhounds, a local youth football team.

Yoder said she hoped the clinic inspired some girls to try out for her squad one day.

As for Jordan Fogelsonger, she has her eye on cheering for the blue-and-white Nittany Lions one day.

About 50 cheerleaders ranging in age from 4 to 18 spent the day jumping, tumbling, shouting and learning stunts with the Penn State Mont Alto squad.

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