by Chuck Licata
The Liberty Hill High School tradition continues ‚Äď and continues to grow.
Quick ‚Äď name one of the longest-running LHHS camps.
The guess here is you‚Äôll say football, softball, volleyball or basketball. Not bad guesses ‚Äď but the answer we‚Äôre looking for is the 17th Annual LHHS Cheer Camp, held last week (June 18-20) at the school gym.
DeeDee Kristian, an assistant principal at Liberty Hill High school, headed up the camp for her fourth time.
‚ÄúThe goal of the camp is to build the Liberty Hill program,‚ÄĚ stated Kristan about the camp that serves campers in grades Pre-K to sixth. ‚ÄúWe hope the campers eventually become cheerleaders in the Liberty Hill (ISD).
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll teach the campers two differenct dances and three different cheers. We try to diversify so we cover a variety of (topics) yet we make sure our camp cheerleaders (coaches) give attention to each and every camper. We want that (one-on-one) attention and teaching; we feel it‚Äôs important to each camper.‚ÄĚ
Kristan and her camp cheerleaders also stress the importance of safety.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs required we teach safety during the camp,‚ÄĚ Kristan stated. ‚ÄúSure our campers will learn about cheers, dance, chants and yells but we stress the safety side of everything to do with cheerleading.‚ÄĚ
Kristan emphasized her thanks to the Liberty Hill community in its recent fund-raising efforts. That includes last week‚Äôs camp as well as the Pancake Supper hosted by Liberty Hill VFW Post 8200 last Tuesday (June 19). The VFW donated portions of the Pancake Supper to the cheerleaders; the event drew 220 people, according to Merle Rouillard.
‚ÄúWe can‚Äôt thank the community enough for the support,‚ÄĚ Kristan directed. ‚ÄúBetween the parents who bring their kids to the camp and the Pancake Supper, we have a lot of wonderful support.
‚ÄúThe money generated goes right back into the program. It helps send our cheerleaders to the UCA Camp, which is a requirement. (The money) also helps (fund) materials such as banners, paint, paper and other items we create for use at school.‚ÄĚ
Back to the LHHS Cheer Camp: Kristan emphasized the Homecoming Game appearance for the campers.
‚ÄúDuring the third quarter of this year‚Äôs Homecoming (football) Game, our cheerleaders and campers will meet on the track (around the football field) and then do a cheer.
‚ÄúThe campers need to be sure to wear their camp T-Shirts to the Homecoming Game; that will be their ‚Äėfree ticket‚Äô into the game. I know the kids enjoy it each year and it‚Äôs a fun time for myself and our cheerleaders.‚ÄĚ