By: Chris Faulknor, Editor
After tough State competition in Grand Rapids, Division 7, comprised of 21 members aged 7-18, was determined to be bound for the National Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada this year at the Orleans Resort.
“I’m so excited for the trip,” said Boyne City High School Junior Erin Baker, who has been cheering for 12 year (4 for the Young Champions). “We’re all going to work very hard to place first.”
While excited for the trip, some aspects are far more important to Baker. “(Cheerleading) has made me a better team player,” she added. “I’ve met some great new people.”
While preparation for the upcoming National competition will be immense, the need for fundraising is almost as high on this list. “Our kids from levels 3-5 sell glow sticks for the “Glow in the Dark” sale during the 4th of July,” commented Gaye Schroeder. The Division 7 team raised over $1,500 for charity recently, and continues to be active in their community.
Among other efforts, the main upcoming fundraiser is a Pig Roast in Whitings Park on June 25th. Plans are in the works for music, card tournaments, and kids games for all to enjoy. With a cost of $5 for ages 12 and up and $15 for families, everyone will benefit.
Proceeds are to be divided between the Boyne City Cancer Fund, Petoskey Cancer Fund, St. Jude’s, and the fund to send the cheer teams to their various competitions, camps, and events.
More information on this and other fundraisers can be obtained by contacting Coaches Paula Jorgenson and Stacy Pettis.[/private]
Made up of youth aged 4-15 from Boyne City and Petoskey, the teams are a part of the “Young Champions of America,” a national organization with a stated mission to “…make a difference in the lives of children by providing youth programs, which develop skills for life.”