Junior cheerleaders perform at HHS Bobcat home football game

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Zoe Costanza performs a cheer routine at the Hamilton High School football game Thursday, Sept. 26. Joanne Salazar photo

The Hemet Unified School District’s junior cheer squad took to the field with the Hamilton High School Bobcat cheerleaders at the football game Thursday, Sept. 26.

The junior cheer presentation is a mentoring and fundraising program benefiting aspiring K-8 cheerleaders. The girls are guided by the Hamilton High School cheer squad in child-friendly routines to be performed at high school varsity football games.

Selena Stafford, whose high school student has cheered with the program since elementary school, said, “We build a strong cheer team. My daughter looks forward to this each year.”

Junior cheer is open to all local elementary schools, from Hemet Unified schools including Hamilton and Cottonwood schools, to the private schools such as Anza Valley Christian School. The fundraising production raises money for the girls’ T-shirts and pom poms, while any leftover money being put into a fund for future events.

The young cheerleaders attend a 2-3 day clinic and practice with the high school cheerleaders perfecting their routines for the final presentation at the game.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.