Del Oro High School cheerleaders represent their school, community

Spaghetti fundraiser is Sept. 25
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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What do you get when you cross tumbling, gymnastics and dance and then add Golden Eagle spirit? Why, the Del Oro High School cheerleading squad, of course. This committed group of students has made it their mission to spread school spirit and support all of the fall sports teams. Cheerleader Kaela Decker, 16, of Newcastle, said her favorite cheer activities are when the squad participates in the first day of school assembly and the homecoming rally. She also said the football games are lots of fun. “There’s a lot of excitement at the games,” Kaela added. Allie Hennessy, of Loomis, is the cheer coach. Her daughter Kathryn graduated in 2009 and was a Del Oro cheerleader for four years. Allie Hennessy also was a high school cheerleader. “I love the idea of school spirit and the Del Oro tradition,” Hennessy said, when asked why she is coaching cheer. According to Hennessy, cheerleaders take dance and tumbling classes along with the women’s athletic performance training class at school. “The cheerleaders are great student athletes,” Hennessy said. This year members were required to have tumbling experience, Hennessy explained. She said the squad used professional stunt trainers and choreographers to help with their routines. Junior Rory Fenton, from Newcastle, went out for cheerleading this year because “it looked high-spirited and fun.” “Our coaches are great,” Rory said. Cheer is a fall program and Hennessy explained that aside from spreading school spirit she wants the members to be athletic, academic, kind and ambassadors for the school. She said they also are involved in community service projects. “The job of a cheer leader is to be a positive ambassador at school, to excel at academics and to be kind to others,” Hennessy said. Jessica Mixon, a senior, is one of the squad’s co-captains. It is her third year cheering and she is also on Del Oro’s track team where she runs hurdles and competes in the 4 x 1 and triple jump. She said that at Del Oro cheer is gaining more respect as a sport. “I like performing and the stunting,” Jessica said. Sophomore McKenzie Courtney, of Loomis, was a cheerleader for youth football in her younger days. She said being a high school cheerleader is “more fun because we’re actually cheering for our school.” The cheerleaders will hold a fundraising dinner from 5 to 8 p.m., this Friday, Sep. 25, at the Del Oro football stadium during the Elk Grove game. Dinner will be served directly behind the Eagles Nest. Tickets are $10 each and include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink. Cheerleading advisor and Del Oro faculty member Sheryl McKinney said the funds raised will be used to support the cheer program and to help set up a scholarship. SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER To benefit Del Oro Cheer program 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 Served next to the Eagles Nest Del Oro High School football stadium during the Elk Grove game. Tickets: $10 each for spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink