Lutheran High School’s cheer team attended their Cheer Camp at Ball State University in mid-July, where they were able to practice, bond, and learn throughout the week.
The squad earned three gold superior ribbons during individual performance evaluations (the highest placement possible) and a second place trophy in the Small Varsity category from the end of camp performances.
Junior Molly Phipps and senior Kenzie Sickmeier were both selected as UCA All-Americans and received invitations to represent the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade (Molly) and the London New Year's Eve Parade (Kenzie). Kylie Sechrest was also selected by the UCA staff as an outstanding leader during camp and received a 'Pin it Forward - America Needs Cheerleaders' pin for representing the core values they believe in.
The team is coached by Leah Cashmer, who received her official Coach Certification from UCA during camp, and Jamie Morton.
On Sunday, September 11, students from Lutheran High School distributed Winter Readiness Emergency kits at an event held at St. John Lutheran Church. This event was sponsored through the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance We Stand Strong Program to Help Children and Families Be Ready for Disasters.
Students were trained about the importance of emergency awareness through materials provided by YSA (Youth Service America), Global Youth Service Day, and Save the Children, with support from the Corporation for National & Community Service.
A core group of F.L.A.G. (Foreign Links Around the Globe) international students took the lead with using the grant money for shopping for the contents of the boxes.
At the event, an explanation was shared about the project, encouraging families with young children to take the boxes first. In addition, small first aid kits, and emergency related materials were handed out to encourage families to make emergency plans.
Julia Peterson, one of the high school students commented, “I was born September 9, 2001 and came home from the hospital on 9-11.” She was eager to show the positive impact young people can have today in their communities.