Saturday, July 28, 2012
Hood River Valley High School’s fall cheerleading squad traveled to the University of Portland earlier this month for a Universal Cheerleaders Association summer camp. The three-day camp is aimed at teaching new cheers, stunts and dances for the upcoming year, as well as building team camaradery that will carry over to the school year.
“As coaches, we feel those elements are vital to a successful season and to prepare these girls for competition in the winter,” noted coach Jennifer Schlosser. “The success this team of girls had at camp sets them up very well for a great fall cheer season and hopefully, gets those going on to winter a great start for a successful competition season.”
The group of 29 girls from Hood River were awarded with the camp Tradition Award, which recognizes leadership amd maintaining the tradition of excellence in cheerleading in school and throughout the community.
“The award was a big honor,” Schlosser said. “We also earned three team trophies and were picked by the staff as the “Top Banana” team. Top Banana goes to the team that works hard, supports each other and other teams, has fun and has an overall great attitude.”
In addition to camp accolades, two on the squad, Savvy Adams-Ronk and Mason Bailey, were selected to the All-American Team by UCA instructors.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge