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Parents and students at Wilson Area Junior High School now have a reason to cheer.
The Wilson Area School Board Monday evening unanimously approved a cheerleading club for seventh and eighth grade students.
Ninth grade students will also be invited to participate.
The club will be led by Wilson Area High School head cheerleading coach Lisa Keith.
Stacee Walter will serve as assistant coach, Heather Flank as head girls’ coach and Breanne Pfeffer will serve as assistant coach.
Pfeffer is a 2010 Wilson Area High School graduate and was a varsity cheerleader for four years.
District Athletic Director Rosario Amato assured the school board the program is strictly run by volunteers and will be a self-sustaining club.
“It will not cost the district any money to start up,” he said.
The rules and regulations for the junior high school cheerleading program mirror those of the varsity program and other junior high school programs, Keith said.
She also said revenue and funds will be handled by staff members.
“Everything will be overseen by me,” Keith told board members.
Keith said anyone who attends Wilson Area School District may participate in the cheerleading club.
According to Pfeffer, club members will practice Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and share the same practice space as the varsity cheerleaders.
The club will cheer at two events per week.
“We didn’t want to overwhelm them [cheerleaders] at first,” she said.
Sixteen uniforms from the high school will be available for club members.
If the uniforms do not fit or more uniforms are needed, Walter said, the club will conduct a fundraising campaign.
“We would be fundraising everything we need,” Flank added.
Board member Charles Marsteller asked the club’s approach when individuals discontinue volunteering.
Keith said those who fill a vacancy as a volunteer will be well trained.
Students and parents have already expressed an interest in the club, Flank said.
“I know it’s [cheerleading] becoming more of an interest now and that’s a good thing,” Keith said.
Amato noted boys will be invited to participate in the cheer club.
“Yes, we would not turn them down,” he told the board.
Amato gave his stamp of approval for the program.
“I feel comfortable with what the committee put together for you,” he said.