Jesup Cheer Squad growing
The winter Jesup cheerleading team had one of its largest squads to date with 21 girls participating this season. This growth allowed them to participate at more events, develop more stunts, and host cheer clinics. The program held two winter clinics this year: a preschool and prekindergarten program with 20 participating children and a middle school clinic which allowed 12 middle schoolers to join the high school squad for two games and a pep rally.

Coach Sarah Nolan is excited about the growth in the program and the skills her team is developing.

“We have been working on some high level skills with basket tosses, show and gos, as well as extensions,” she said. “The other goal is to continue to build a large team so that one year we will be able to compete.”

Zoe Miller, Bailey Federspiel, and Jordyn Ruroden were leaders for the team this year. Nolan said the girls worked hard teaching new members cheers and developing new ones for the team to use.

“It is great to see a group of girls come together and help each other,” Nolan praised.

The squad had three seniors: Kenedy Backes, Chloe Even, and Alexus Jensen. Backes was a first-year basketball cheerleader who, Nolan said, was quick to start stunting.

“She brought a lot of fun personality to our team,” Nolan said. “Kenedy worked hard, and we loved having her this year.”

Even, a wrestling cheerleader for two years, knew the game of wrestling well and helped her teammates better understand the sport.

“Chloe was also a great utility when it came to stunting,” Nolan said. “She did it all.”

Jensen participated for the first time this year, joining Even and others on the side of the wrestling mat.

“She did a wonderful job at jumping right in and learning cheers,” Nolan recalls. “She jumped right in and learned how to backspot when stunting and became one of our top backspots for the team.”

The success of this year has Nolan thinking about the future of the program. “We are very excited to cheer on our J-Hawks and look forward to next year,” Nolan said. “We are ready to build a cheerleading empire and leave a lasting legacy for our J-Hawk Cheer program.”
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