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Seventh grade cheerleading
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on May 18, 2014
What a disappointing experience . . . young middle school girls get a few hours to learn routines, are sorted into teams of twos, and never know the other girl is their competition for a slot. They show up with smiles, pony tails, curls, school colors, and a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Is it that difficult to let all the girls at this level be cheerleaders (twenty girls)? They might learn and excel, like any experience. And maybe they won't. Maybe they could be second string like other sports? It's expensive, but their parents were already willing to foot the tab (thousands). Wouldn't it be better to give these young ladies a chance to keep a spot at eighth grade, after a year of working as a team? Aren't there enough sports teams to cheer for? Instead, these girls do their best in a short time and show up to see they aren't included. I understand, at some point there is a cut. It just seems unnecessarily soon. And yes, our little girl who loves her school didn't make it, nor did many other energetic girls. She'll be fine and I hope the others are as well. Just wondered if this is something worth finding a different approach.
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