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DeKalb cheerleaders nominated for team

By Chronicle Staff Eleven of the 17 girls on the DeKalb varsity cheerleading squad were nominated to tryout for the All-American team at a cheerleading camp held by the National Cheerleading Association at NIU from June 24-27. Allison Anderson, Brittani Click, Lydia Faivre, Abbey Hartwig, Olivia Hayes, Brittney Johnson, Gabrielle Klenke, Gianna Pecoaro, Corlean Reed, Caroline Struthers and Frankie Zenkner were nominated from the varsity level. Five girls were also nominated from the junior varsity level. Those girls included: Hayleigh Meinen, Alyssa Mershon, Cristy Munoz, Alyssa Peters and Melanie Van Vlerak. Those 16 girls were nominated by NCA instructors. In order to be nominated one must display superior cheerleading techniques in any of the following areas: jumps, tumbling, stunting, motion technique, leadership, and dance. Once they are nominated they are given the opportunity to tryout for the NCA All American team. In order to be selected for the NCA All-American Team one must tryout and excel in advanced jumps, a spirited entrance (including tumbling) and a perfected camp cheer. Seven of the DeKalb girls earned All-American status; Click, Johnson, Struthers, Anderson, Faivre, Klenke and Hayes. Hayes also received the NCA top All American Medal which is awarded to the highest score during tryouts at camp. Struthers who was given the Individual Leadership Plaque, which is awarded to the individual that displays excellence in leadership throughout the week and in Captains' Class. The Junior Varsity squad took home the Game Day Top Team Award, which is awarded to the team that exemplified the best overall game day ability to motivate the crowd. Since they were given this award they have the opportunity to travel to one of the NCA special events. The special events include a trip to Miami Florida to perform with cheerleaders all across the nation at the FedEx Orange Bowl or to travel to Hawaii and perform at a Pacific University halftime show. Both must be done through fundraising in order to attend.

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