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Cheerleaders attend Mont Alto clinic

December 17, 2008

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Fifty girls from the area attended Penn State Mont Alto's fifth annual cheerleading clinic hosted by the campus cheerleading squad Nov. 9.

Girls, ages 3 to 18, worked with the Penn State Mont Alto cheerleaders to learn new cheers and dances and to perfect stunts, jumps and tumbling passes. At the conclusion of the clinic, the participants performed with the campus squad for their families and coaches.

"I had so much fun cheering with my friends, said most-spirited award winner Jordan Seymore, 7, of Shippensburg, Pa. "The PSU cheerleaders even put me up in the air ... it was so cool."

Like Jordan, many of the participants have only cheered for one year or might not have cheered before. The clinic gave them the opportunity to learn basic skills while those who were older and had experience were able to perfect more advanced skills and learn new techniques.

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Jordan Fogelsonger, 13, of Mont Alto, cheers for the Quincy Panthers and placed in the jump-off competition. By the end of the clinic, she was able to perform stunts that she has never been able to execute.

"I want to cheer for Penn State one day," she said.

The clinic started five years ago to raise funds for the Mont Alto campus squad to compete in regional and national competitions.

"My squad and I always enjoy the clinic," said Penn State Mont Alto cheerleading coach Christina Yoder. "It's a great way for our campus to connect with girls of the community and share our love of the sport."

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