CHS cheerleaders qualify for Nationals again

       For the first time, Coronado High School cheerleaders were judged the best in the Metro League at the competiton Oct. 21. A week later, the 15-member squad placed third at the Southern Colorado Regionals, which meant qualification for the national championships in Florida in January.
       “I am very proud of the cheerleaders,” exulted Jamie Brown, their coach. “They have been doing great! Thanks to all of you who continue to support us!” As for the league title, “it never happened before. We're very excited.”
       This is Brown's second year leading the team. Both years the cheerleaders have qualified for nationals (although there is no budget for the $30,000-plus that would be needed to actually go there).
       Judging is based on difficulty and execution of stunts, as well as sportsmanship toward other teams.
       Brown deflected praise toward her team members. “They have drive like I have never seen,” she said. “They are very dedicated for teenagers.”
       The Coronado cheerleading effort is year-round, including support of all the school sports teams and extra demands such as 6 a.m. practices, sign-making and an annual summer camp, explained Brown, a Westside resident who had been a cheerleader while attending high school in Illinois. Now an engineering consultant, she receives a small stipend for leading the Coronado squad in her off-hours.

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