Bellevue Cheerleaders help create "Friends of the Future"
Written by Lauren DeWitt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
BELLEVUE (KWWL) -
Senior year of high school can be a very exciting and stressful time for students. But for one Bellevue High School senior, Emily Cloos, senior year is about spreading cheer to anyone who will listen.
Cloos is varsity cheerleader at Bellevue High School. She signed up for cheerleading over the summer and after months of cheering, Cloos wanted to share her love for cheerleading with her friends.
The Bellevue High School Varsity cheerleaders worked closely with their coach, teachers and principle to create a group called "Friends of the future".
"Friends of the Future is a group that meets twice a month. They are from other schools around the area. They get together and meet. For Emily, she wanted to do something with her friends that pertained to cheering so we set up appointments with the other schools and invited them here for a cheer camp." said cheer coach, Twila Tennant.
Cloos was born with Down Syndrome and found it important to create "Emily's Cheer Camp," a camp for students from Bellevue, DeWitt, and Maquoketa that need special assistant in school and possibly daily life.
For Hannah Tennant, Bellevue High School's varsity cheer captain, the group has allowed great friendships to develop.
"Some people just look at us like we are cheerleaders, we wave, we use pompoms and cheer... that's it. But it is more than that,we are a family and we have bonds that people don't see and that they don't see at practice. In practicing with these kids helped open them up as well as we opened ourselves up to new things too." Said Tennant.
Sunday night, the varsity cheerleaders and "Emily's Friends of the Future" performed together at Bellevue High School's "Bleacher Blowout."
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