Westside schools:
Cougar Cheer again qualifies for nationals

       Coronado High's 12 varsity cheerleaders placed first in the Southern Colorado Regional's small-squad division this fall.
       The victory qualified them for the February national championships in Orlando, Fla., but the team is not likely to go because the travel would cost a total of about $30,000, said coach Jamie Brown.
       Nevertheless, she added, “This is a great accomplishment for the cheerleaders and continues to be a strong building block for the Coronado cheerleading program,”
       Members of the varsity team are Morgan Shea, Rochelle Webster, Lauren Rosetta, Kristan Austin, Grace Marino, Marissa Johnson, Melanie Preston, Cheyenne Perkins, Alex Giles, Bobbie Coalson, Tiffany Torres and Alysha McKibben.The other coach (also part-time, like Brown) is Betsy Rather.
       It's the third year in a row the cheerleaders have qualified for Nationals. “We're never able to go,” Brown said. “It costs an arm and a left, and we only have a leg.”
       She attributed the title - defeating two other schools - to the team members' effort and training. “All of them did gymnastics this year,” Brown said. “They just took it upon themselves to work a lot harder.”
       Part of that work involved getting up most summer days to practice at 6 a.m. This regimen continued into the fall until the end of the football season, she said.
       The girls' main goal is to support the school sports teams. The competition is “just a side thing,” Brown said.
       Students at West Middle School became part of a space mission when their personal signatures were launched aboard NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-120 Oct. 23-Nov. 7. The event culminated the students' participation in the NASA and Lockheed Martin-sponsored Student Signatures in Space program,
       Last May, about 400 West students signed a Space Day poster. NASA took a digital image of the poster and included it as part of the cargo for STS-120 (the 120th Space Shuttle flight and the 23rd Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station).
       After the signatures return from space, the poster will be returned for permanent display at West, along with a flight certificate and picture of the crew that carried the signatures into space.

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