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Tigers cheerleaders seek improvement at camp

FARMER’S KORNER – The better the Summit High School cheerleading squad gets, the more accepted it feels.

What it learns during this weekend’s trip to a Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) camp in Boulder will help it in its ongoing quest for respect in the halls and at SHS games.

The team re-formed in 2001 after a hiatus that lasted 10 years. Captain Amber Prim, an incoming junior, has seen the team’s place at school change over the last three years.

“It has improved greatly,” she said. “Each year we’re better, and with us looking better, there comes acceptance from the school. The first year was really hard.”

Six students will participate in the camp, which takes place on the University of Colorado campus July 5-8. Since re-forming, the team has traveled to a camp every summer.

“It’s a bonding thing,” Prim said.

The Boulder camp opens and closes with team competitions. In between, it will focus on individual skill development with clinics on cheers, dances and tumbling. They will be full days: wake up at 7 a.m., and lights out at 9 p.m.

“There’s hardly any resting time,” Prim said, looking at the schedule. “They always have something for you to do.”

Making the trip will be Prim, Michelle Farrell, Felicia Bergman, Shannon Jorgenson, Aimee Wodlinger, Alex Guras and second-year coach Maggie Hedge. Mike Leone will miss camp but plans to return to the squad for the school year.

The team has been raising funds to help with camp and uniform costs this summer by selling concessions during Summit County Softball League games at Blue River Park in Silverthorne. It will also be at Frisco’s Fourth of July parade running a face-painting booth.

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