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NAPPANEE: Northwood Cheerleading to Perform Friday at Elkhart County 4-H Fair

by Amy Wenger on July 17, 2014

The young women of the award winning NorthWood High School cheerleading team certainly exude an abundance of spirit. That is something to be expected from a group that works to instill enthusiasm and school pride within their fans.

But for this tireless, devoted squad of athletes, the word spirit is defined by so many other things as well. It means dedication, and it means commitment. It exemplifies a sisterhood of friends looking out for one another, refining their teammate's abilities, and in more ways than one, lifting each other up.

Those hoping for a chance to see this exhilarating team in action can visit the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday, July 18. The girls will be performing in the 2014 Cheerleading Competition on the grandstand stage, with the event slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. NorthWood reigned in this competition last year, taking top honors in the 2013 contest.

NorthWood's team, which consists of 21 members, will be given a set time frame in which to demonstrate various elements of stunting, pyramids, dancing, and tumbling, all encompassed in a two and a half minute routine.

After last year's Elkhart County 4-H Fair win, the team did not remain idle for long, as they went on to place third in the state level cheerleading competition, a standing they are hoping to improve upon this year. They will have opportunities to showcase their skills with other upcoming events this fall, including performances at Purdue University and Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne.

"I can honestly say that I've never coached a group that has more determination and more heart than this one," said head coach Lisa Norville. "This has been a tough summer, with lots of injuries, families on vacation, etc." Yet they've always persevered, she noted.

"This team is different than a lot of other teams," said one of the senior team captains, Kristen Norville. "We're really bonded, and we all really like each other. Our talents are there, we just know that it takes a lot of hard work."

Members of the competition team include seniors Marisa Hochstetler, Kaytee Mishler, Kristen Norville, Haley Bowling, Jade Murphy, and Courtney Miller; juniors Isabella Filbert, Bethany Wilson, Coralee Young, Mariah Stepp, and Krysta McFarland; sophomores Hannah Simon, Madison Kuhn, Natalie Eby, Aria Skaggs, Morgan Sterling, and Skylia Beach; and freshmen Paige Walter, Zoe Roberts, Kristyna Thrams, and Maddi Haynes.  Norville works with assistant coaches Megan Brown and Ashlea Romano, as well as tumbling coach Rick Bontrager.

NorthWood High School senior and cheer team captain Kristen Norville gets a boost from her teammates as they rehearse routines for their upcoming presentation at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair.  Photo courtesy of Amy Wenger.


The NorthWood High School cheer team pauses for a team picture during rehearsals on Tuesday, July 15.  The girls gave a public performance that evening to show off aspects of a routine that they will be presenting at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair competition, to be held on Friday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m. on the grandstand stage.  Front row features seniors Kaytee Mishler, Courtney Miller, Marisa Hochstetler, Kristen Norville, Jade Murphy, and Haley Bowling.  Second row is head coach Lisa Norville, then junior members Krysta McFarland, Mariah Stepp, Bella Filbert, Coralee Young, Bethany Wilson, and coach Megan Brown.  In the third row are sophomores Natalie Eby, Madison Kuhn, Skylia Beach, Morgan Sterling, Aria Skaggs, and Hannah Simon.  The fourth row has freshmen Kristyna Thrams, Paige Walter, Zoe Roberts, and Maddi Haynes.  Photo courtesy of Amy Wenger.



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