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Kennett cheerleaders fine-tune routines for upcoming school year at cheerleading camp

Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
Members of the Kennett high school cheerleading squad pose for a photo at cheerleading camp Tuesday at the Kennett Middle School Gymnasium.

KENNETT, Mo. - The Kennett cheerleading program continues to prepare for its first public routine of the school year after holding tryouts last week.

“We’ve gone right into cheer camp this week after having tryouts last week,” Kennett volunteer assistant cheerleading coach Malinda Harris said. “Everybody is here this week working hard to try to get ready to perform at fall activities."

The cheerleading program is blessed with high numbers. There are currently 25 cheerleaders in the high school program and 22 cheerleaders in the middle school program.

“We’ve got a lot more girls out this year,” Kennett senior cheerleader Kayton Hurst said. “This is the most we’ve had out since I was a freshman.”

The cheerleaders are currently meeting for six hours a day to develop and practice the routine they will perform at the inter-squad football scrimmage at Metz Cherry Stadium in Kennett in late August.

“We been working from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day,” Kennett senior Hannah Davis said. “I hope we can get our timing down and hit everything every time this year.”

The Kennett high school cheerleaders are coached by Vicki Bodkin and Kristi Anderson. The Kennett middle school cheerleaders are coached by Heather Bowers and Tara Bolin.

Makaya Jones, who is currently a cheerleader at Southeast Missouri State University, and Alaya Jones, who is currently a cheerleader at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, are offering their assistance at the cheerleading camp. Both are 2018 graduates of Kennett.

Harris, who has served as a volunteer assistant for decades, is also working with the cheerleaders at the camp.

“It’s a passion of mine,” Harris said. “I was a cheerleader in high school and have volunteered with the high school and middle school squads for about 20 years now. I enjoy helping them get their routines ready each summer.”

Hurst is optimistic the routine should be finalized by the time the camp concludes on Thursday.

Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
Members of the Kennett middle school cheerleading squad pose for a photo at cheerleading camp Tuesday at the Kennett Middle School Gymnasium.

“We’ve been working on our building and dances,” she said. “We usually build in the morning and work on dances in the afternoon. By the end of the week, we hope to have everything together.”

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