NHS cheerleaders working hard to raise school spirit

<I>MARILYN STRANGE photo</I><BR>Naselle High School football cheerleaders are: Front row L-R: Clarissa Sultemeier, Shandra Noyes, Alycia Rodriguez; back row L-R: Megan Bozarth, Sandra Rodriguez, Brittany Pellervo.

NASELLE - The six Naselle High School football cheerleaders are hard at work trying to pick up school spirit and increase student involvement in the school's athletics programs. The six football cheerleaders are co-captains Clarissa Sultemeier and Brittany Pellervo, and Megan Bozarth, Sandra Noyes, Alycia Rodriguez, and Sandra Rodriguez - are working with their advisor Angelee Torppa.

Of the six, Sultemeier and Pellervo were cheerleaders last year, and the other four are new to the program this year. One of the cheerleaders, Bozarth, is a senior, Sultemeier, Pellervo, and Alycia Rodriguez are sophomores, Noyes and Sandra Rodriguez are freshmen.

The cheerleaders were elected last spring by the student body and they have been preparing for the football season since that time. They attended a week-long summer camp for cheerleaders. They practice daily except for days when playing for the NHS volleyball team takes priority.

Advisor Torppa said, "The girls are working with the Pep Club which is continuing from last year. The Pep Club, led by Marijane Mobley and Derek Johnson, is adding enthusiasm for the rooters at the games and weekly pep rallies. The Pep Band will also be playing at our home games."

Torppa has been a volunteer cheerleader advisor for the last two years. This year, she will add basketball to her football cheerleader advisor's role when basketball season comes around.

Torppa concluded, "The basketball cheerleaders will include captain Miranda Agee, a junior."

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