Somethin’ to cheer about

Christine June
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***More than 100 future cheerleaders will perform between basketball games Dec. 15 at the Kaiserslautern American High School gym.

These cheerleaders are graduates of the 2006 KAHS Mini Cheer Camp held Nov. 18 at the school’s gym.

They will show what they learned at the six-hour camp between the boys’ junior varsity and the girls’ varsity basketball games against Ramstein American High School. Their performance will be after the JV game, at about 6:15 to 6:30 p.m.

During the camp, students, ages 5 to 13, learned cheerleading fundamentals such as cheers, chants, dance and team spirit.

“You can look on the campers’ faces – even though they are tired – they are enjoying themselves, and I think this adds to our community,” said Debra Hipes, KAHS JV cheer coach.

KAHS Varsity Cheer Coach Jane Varalli dreamed up this fundraising idea in the fall of 1994 because her cheerleaders needed new uniforms. This year, the camp raised almost $1,800, which will help buy two sets of uniforms, one each for varsity and JV cheerleaders.

At the camp, the future cheerleaders were separated by age into five-base groups where they learned a basic routine. Adding to the routines, students rotated through six stations. The KAHS cheerleaders taught their admirers jumps and movements, cheers and chants, dances, stunts and gymnastics.
The little cheerleaders performed their routine for their parents at the end of the camp. This is also the routine that they will perform between the basketball games.