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Cheer Up - Camp Renews Team Spirit
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Cheerleading coach Stephanie Argumedo, assistant Jackie Hernandez and the cheerleaders in training were practicing a routine on Friday, July 11 for a presentation that they gave family members. - photo by VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS

Cheerleading Camp wrapped after a week long run from Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 11at the Cardozo Middle School Gym. Camp was designed for youngsters from 3- to 6-years-old and was offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Former Riverbank High School cheerleader Stephanie Argumedo coached the campers at the cheerleading camp, teaching them the cheerleading basics along with coaching assistant, Jackie Hernandez.

There were nearly a dozen participants in cheer camp, including both boys and girls, and all received a camp T-shirt and certificate upon completion of the training.

The participants also had pom poms, mini megaphones, and Argumedo made bows for the girls and hats for the boys.

This was Argumedo’s first cheer camp and she expressed that she had a really good time teaching the children and believes that they also learned quite a bit during the week long camp.

“It was my first time doing anything with cheer and I myself learned a lot,” stated Hernandez. “The kids learned a lot too.”

On the first day of cheer camp the kids were asked to do a toe touch so they all bent down and touched their toes. The coach taught them what a toe touch in cheerleading is – as it is a different skill than simply reaching down to touch a toe – and now they all know how to do it.

Argumedo spent all four years of high school as a Riverbank cheerleader and graduated this past May.

The youngsters started their cheerleading training with some warmup exercises like stretching, light jogging, and an occasional Cha-Cha dance number.

The final day of camp included a performance for parents and families, the youngsters putting on a routine that was practiced during the week and choreographed by Argumedo. To surprise the campers, Argumedo had a few Riverbank High School cheerleaders visit the camp and participate in the final performance.

“I believe the kids learned a lot and not just the dance, cheers and motions but also working together as a team,” expressed Hernandez. “Two children received a spirit stick, Bellen and Cyrus, for being the most outstanding.”

The success of the camp was also satisfying for all involved, teachers and students alike.