Cheertaqua, an annual summer kids cheerleading camp sponsored by the Jenkins High School Cheer Squad, has taken on a tropical theme for the 2012 Chewelah Chataqua Festival.
“Aloha from Cheertaqua” is the theme for the camp’s second year where boys and girls, ages 5-11, take two days to learn a short cheerleading routine to perform in the Saturday Chataqua parade. The 2012 camp will be July 12-14.
The two-day clinic portion of the camp will be held at the JHS Gym on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. The kids will have fun playing tropical-themed games and activities in addition to learning cheers taught by the JHS Cheer Squad. Free sack lunch will be provided each day of the clinic courtesy of the Chewelah Schools Summer Food Program.
Cheertaqua costs $25 per child and $15 for each additional child living in the same household. Cost includes a t-shirt to wear in the parade, which has been designed by Katie Sharp of Everviolet Design Group and sponsored by many community businesses.
Registration is due by June 29 for participants to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration is not available at the door.
Complete information and registration forms are available at the Chewelah Public Library or by calling JHS Cheer Coach Kellie Trudeau at 509-993-4150.
The public is encouraged to wave “Aloha” to all the young cheerleaders performing in the Chataqua parade that begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14.
The JHS Cheerleaders for 2012-2013 are seniors Hailey Carnline, Daniele Bradley, Atasha Edwards, Veronica Haflett, and Janessa Rindlisbacher; junior Bethany Patburg; sophomores Moriah Hudson and Hannah Grimm; and freshmen Lindsay Merl and Carly Oman. Tryouts for fall and winter seasons were held on May 17.
All proceeds from Cheertaqua 2012 will go to help pay for the cheerleaders’ summer skills camp.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Over 20 kids had a great time participating in the first Cheertaqua Kids Cheerleading Camp in 2011 led by the Jenkins High School cheerleaders. Here they are pictured before their debut performance in last year’s Chataqua parade. The second annual Cheertaqua will take place July 12-14, 2012.