Neighbors | Jessica Harker .The Austintown cheerleaders performed their competition routine during the Canfield Fair on Aug. 29.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker .The Austintown Fitch Cheerleading Squad performed stunts for the Canfield Fair Cheer Demonstrations on Aug. 29.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Cheerleaders from Austintown High School performed stunts for their cheer demonstration.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.The Austintown Fitch Cheerleading Squad performed during the Canfield Fairs cheerleading demonstrations on Aug. 29.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Cheerleaders from Austintown High School performed a cheer demonstration during the Canfield Fair.
By JESSICA HARKER
The Austintown Fitch High School cheerleading squad preformed at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 29. The demonstration was a way for the cheerleaders to show off their skills from the work they did over the summer.
Sixteen other schools were present at the demonstrations including Struthers, Canfield, Poland and more.
Jenna Vaughn, the head Cheerleading Coach for Austintown said that the squad worked a lot over the summer to prepare for the upcoming season.
“I wanted the cheerleaders to really understand what it means to be apart of a team, so three days a week for two hours everyone attended practice together,” Vaughn said. “This was helpful for all the underclassmen to get comfortable with the juniors and seniors, and really see what the Fitch cheerleading program was about.”
Vaughn, along with Julie Larkin, the freshman cheerleading coach and an Austintown High School alum, worked to prepare the group for the performances they have scheduled for this year.
The cheerleading squad at Fitch is broken into three teams, varsity with seven cheerleaders, junior varsity with 11 and 10 on the freshman team.
For the Canfield Fair demonstration, Fitch performed their competition routine as a full team, according to Vaughn.
“Our three teams are very hard workers,” Vaugh said. “The relationship and bond our cheerleaders made over the summer is quite incredible.”
Other than their performance at the fair, Fitch’s cheerleaders performed for a number of competitions over the summer. Vaughn said that the team attended the Slippery Rock Elite camp, which helped the teams prepare for stunting.
“This elite camp is a stunting camp that prepares the cheerleaders for game day, bringing teams closer together and working on perfecting stunts,” Vaughn said.
At the camp the teams were judged on three categories, including floor cheer, sideline cheer and rally routine.
To receive a gold ribbon at the camp the teams had to perform these categories perfectly, without error.
“All together JV, varsity and freshmen took home five gold ribbons and one blue ribbon, meaning the team decided to re-do something for a better performance,” Vaughn said.
The team also participated in the Kennywood Cheerleading Day competition as a full team.
Vaughn said they competed in the large varsity mount category and brought home fifth place.
Along with competitions, the cheerleading squad hosted a cheer camp for Austintown middle schoolers and their annual youth clinic for 5-12 year-olds.
Children who participated in the youth clinic also cheered along with the squad during the football team’s first home game on Aug. 31.