By: Mia Laube @Mia_Laube21 [Newspaper Editor]
The cheer team slowly lifts their teammate into the air, carefully holding her up as they perform a stunt and cheer loudly. Shannon Sellers, junior, has accomplished big things, but at one time they were just big dreams when she was a little girl girl at cheer camp.
The annual youth cheer clinic takes place Thursday. It is when girls are introduced to cheerleading before they experience it themselves in high school and junior high. “I’ve done cheer camp every single year, kindergarten through eighth grade,” Sellers explained.
The clinic is not just for learning cheers and moves. “I want to teach [the girls]how to be a positive leader and be energetic,” she expressed. Those qualities are a large part of being a Marion cheerleader.
The team has been putting on this clinic to get girls involved for a very long time. “Since I’ve been coaching, It’s been about twenty years or so,” stated Coach Vivian Quinn. There is a record number of kids signed up this year, with one-hundred and seventy girls expected to attend.
This activity is not only fun for the younger girls, it’s cool for the high school girls. Sellers explained, “It is fun to interact with little kids.” Similarly, Coach Quinn said, “It’s really fun. The kids are a blast.” The whole team will come together to share their passion with the eager and excited kids.
As the current cheer generation gives it their all on game day, the younger generation is preparing to fill their shoes.