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GSHS honors state champ cheerleaders at rally

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Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood Springs cheerleader Megan Steele leads the crowd in a cheer as her teammates execute a stunt during Wednesday's pep rally celebrating their third state championship. The girls performed their stte winning routine at the assembly.
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Even without the scrutiny of judges, the Glenwood Springs cheerleaders still felt pressure during a high school rally to celebrate their third straight Class 4A state championship.By Phil SandovalPost Independent StaffEven without the scrutiny of judges, the Glenwood Springs cheerleaders still felt pressure during a high school rally to celebrate their third straight Class 4A state championship.

“I would much rather get up and do our routine in front of thousands and thousands of people and ESPN cameras than do it here,” said team captain Cassie Croissant of the presentation at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.”There’s people that you know and see every day. It’s a lot harder.” As usual, when the cheerleaders took the floor, the routine was flawless.”I was actually more nervous in front of my peers than the state championship,” said Carolyn Wiltse, the squad’s other captain. “At state, you don’t know anybody. It was a little more nerve-wracking in front of people you know. But, it was really fun, and I was excited to perform.”And the GSHS student body was just as excited to see their cheerleaders perform, giving them a loud roar of approval at the conclusion of their winning routine.

The routine climaxed the rally, where the cheerleaders, earlier, presented the 2004 4A state championship trophy to Principal Mike Wells on behalf of the high school. “After they won the state title last year, we had to build a new trophy case for the cheerleaders,” Wells told the crowd. “Now, it’s almost full.”The school’s principal also noted the work of the team’s three-person coaching staff of Kim Richardson, Jody Jordan and Lynn Goluba. “Our coaches are recognized across the state as fine as anywhere,” he said. The Colorado Spirit Coaches Association agrees with that assessment: Richardson was named the 2004 cheerleading coach of the year Saturday in Denver.

As for filling the school’s new trophy case, Wells encouraged the cheerleaders to keep adding awards to their collection.”You keep getting them, and we’ll keep building them,” he said.The majority of the current team is young. Of the 17 members on the competitive team, only three are seniors.That bodes well for the program’s future.But, right now, the cheerleaders’ third straight title has not completely settled in.”It’s starting to sink in now,” Croissant said. “But it’s still a shock. I don’t believe it. It’s amazing. It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world.””It’s starting to sink in now,” Croissant said. “But it’s still a shock. I don’t believe it. It’s amazing. It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world.”


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