Oñate Cheerleaders Receive Spirit Award by tyndale


For Immediate Release: January 27, 2009

Mike Cook, Coordinator for Communications and Technical Writing
575.527.5934    mcook@lcps.k12.nm.us       www.lcps.k12.nm.us

Oñate Cheerleaders Receive Spirit Award
LAS CRUCES –Oñate High School varsity cheerleaders have received the Universal Cheerleaders

Association (UCA) American School

Spirit Outstanding Achievement

Award, OHS family and consumer

science teacher and varsity cheerleader

coach Andrea Ortiz announced today.

       “This award signifies that the

Oñate High School Varsity Cheer team
                                                    Members of the Oñate High School cheer squad.
exemplifies outstanding school athletic               Photo courtesy of OHS Cheerleader Coach Andrea Ortiz.

support, community involvement and high academic standards. The judges were impressed by the

(cheerleaders’) spirit raising-activities and community involvement, along with letters of

recommendation,” said Ortiz.

       Members of the OHS varsity cheer squad are Denise Loya, Joseph Thompson, Jessica Galindo,

Katherine Cahill, Carol Powers, Briana Buchanan, Tori Nelson, Cory Fantino, Gloria Murray, Alyssa

Saunders, Lisa Lopez-Granado, Rachel Abramson, Stefanie Romo and Sara Klemundt.

       In their application for the recognition, OHS cheerleaders submitted a portfolio displaying their

support of athletics, community involvement and academic excellence to the UCA, she said. Some of

their school and communities activities during the 2008-09 school year have included:
       1) Raising school spirit at pep rallies and athletic events;

       2) Wearing pink ribbons and cheering with pink poms in support of Breast Cancer Awareness

Month in October;

       3) Volunteering as cheer coaches for students at Highland Elementary School. The OHS

cheerleaders coaches practice weekly with the Highland Elementary students, who perform at OHS

boys’ and girls’ basketball games;

       4) Participating in Community Helpers Day at Cesár E. Chávez Elementary School, during

which the cheerleaders performed for kindergarten students and spoke on the importance of staying in

school, working hard and making good choices;

       5) Sponsoring a golf tournament in October and donating more than $500 to Gateway for Cancer


       6) Participating in November in the Las Cruces Salvation Army’s Dress A Child campaign.

Each cheerleader was assigned a child and helped him or her shop for winter apparel with funds raised at

a gala dinner hosted by the Salvation Army;

       7) Members of the OHS varsity cheer squad had a fall 2008 cumulative grade point average of

3.77, said Ortiz.

       OHS varsity cheerleaders are currently cheering at boys’ and girls’ basketball games. They will

be competing at the National Cheerleaders Association Battle of the Sun City Spirit Championship in El

Paso in March; at the USA Spirit Nationals in Anaheim, California in March; and at the New Mexico

State Spirit Competition in Rio Rancho in April, said Ortiz.

       "The Oñate varsity cheer squad is one of our premier programs here at Oñate High School and

the young men and women in this group are truly role models for other students follow," said OHS

Principal David Del Toro.

       Contact Ortiz at 575.527.9430, extension 7755; or aortiz@lcps.k12.nm.us.


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