Another Glenwood alum takes it to Division I
Molly Ackerman is the latest member of a growing list of former Glenwood Springs High School cheerleaders who perform on the sidelines in college.The 2004 GSHS graduate recently joined the University of Colorado’s cheer team, where Ackerman has renewed acquaintances with Demons alum Megan McGrath.”Glenwood Springs High School has produced some very talented cheerleaders over the past five years,” said CU cheer coach Travis Prior. “The talent that arrives at the tryouts each year for our program from Glenwood always vies for a spot on the team.”Ackerman and McGrath are the first two GSHS grads to cheer on the same Division I squad. Two other recent Demons cheerleaders have also moved on to college cheerleading.Michelle Whitten, a 2003 alumna, cheers at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Paige Berger, has exchanged her Demons uniform for Colorado State’s green and gold.”We are definitely proud,” said Lynn Goluba, who coached all four students as high school students with fellow coaches Kim Richardson and Jody Jordan. “I think it shows that our program is very disciplined and dedicated to send kids off to Division I colleges. That is our top goal, to make kids succeed in life. And, if it’s through cheerleading, that’s great.” In Ackerman’s case, making the jump from high school to college cheerleading took more time than she expected.”This was the third time that I tried out,” Ackerman said. “But, this tryout was different, because it was by invitation only.”Failing the first two times didn’t stop the CU freshman. Instead, Ackerman increased her workouts to master the skills she needed for the new tryout.”It wasn’t easy – I worked hard and, most of all, I had a lot of people supporting me.”McGrath was one of those supporters.”Megan is a good friend and a great cheerleader,” said Ackerman, who shared meals and discussions about college cheerleading.At the latest tryout, performing among the small group of invited candidates, Prior saw Ackerman’s improvement. The worst part was the wait for his decision.”I stayed in the dorm room all day,” Ackerman said. “Then Travis called me and said ‘Molly, I want you be on my squad.'””Molly has stepped right in and is filling the shoes in the role I had anticipate her to play,” Prior said. “Her wonderful attitude and willingness to try tough skills are fantastic attributes which have enhanced our team dynamic.””I’m so excited,” Ackerman said. “Wearing CU’s black and gold was an elusive dream, and it’s the ultimate experience. I give a lot of credit to the Glenwood Springs cheer program for this. I owe everything to my coaches and teammates, along with my family.””I’m so excited,” Ackerman said. “Wearing CU’s black and gold was an elusive dream, and it’s the ultimate experience. I give a lot of credit to the Glenwood Springs cheer program for this. I owe everything to my coaches and teammates, along with my family.”
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