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The pom poms are back to cheer on the Hornets

Fullerton College brings back the cheerleading program after being discontinued for a year.
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The Fullerton College Cheer Squad is making its return as the “Spirit Squad” as tryouts are slated for Friday, April 26.

The cheerleading program, better known as the “Spirit Squad,” is bringing pom poms and school spirit out of retirement and back onto the sports fields to cheer on Fullerton College’s sports teams.

The spirit squad has been inactive at Fullerton College since 2021, after the Dance Team won the division championships at the Aloha Spirit Royale in Honolulu, Hawaii, in spring 2021.

Community enrollment service officer and former cheerleader Vicki Calhoun is bringing back the program to cheer on the Hornets.

Calhoun has been to over 25 high schools to recruit students in North Orange County to join the Spirit Squad at Fullerton College for the upcoming fall 2024 semester. The new cheer team will also include majorettes for the first time at Fullerton College.

“I went to a game and I saw that we didn’t have them. So, I got in contact with people who can make things happen. And I was hired to put it back,” said Calhoun.

At the tryouts a choreographer will teach the routine “Learning the cheer” over a four-day period April 22-25. Participants will be able to get familiar with what is expected of the team and learn how to become a cheerleader.

After the four-day training, the tryouts will be held on Friday, April 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in building 1200, room 1209. Twelve cheerleaders are expected to be on the team along with six majorettes.

“I want some girls that just have school spirit,” said Calhoun. “To be out there enjoying the game and getting the crowd to be a part of the camaraderie.”

The cheer program will first travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a three-day cheer camp over the summer. This camp will help the cheerleaders get familiar with the cheering practices for future events.

In the upcoming fall semester, the cheer program will begin to cheer on the Hornets at the football and basketball games. The cheerleaders will continue to cheer on various other sports teams that Fullerton College has to offer as well.

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Ciara Gonzalez
Ciara Gonzalez, Staff Reporter
Ciara Gonzalez is an award-winning staff reporter in her second semester at The Hornet. She likes to read, play with her dog Dino, and spend time with her friends and family. Her goals for the future are to get a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and work for a news organization as a reporter.
Jake Rhodes
Jake Rhodes, Editor-in-Chief
Jake Rhodes is the Editor-in-Chief for The Hornet Newspaper. He has been on The Hornet Newspaper for four semesters. He is an eight-time award winning journalist. He has received second place in Sports Game Story as well as Meritorious recognition in Enterprise News Story/Series for an investigation into Title IX concerns at Fullerton College from JACC. Jake is also a national CMA Pinnacle award winner, receiving first place in Sports Multimedia Story, second place in Sports Investigative Story, and Honorable Mention for Sports Game Story. In addition from CMA, he received an Honorable Mention for Best Web Sports Section while serving as Sports Editor in spring 2023. He has also received an honorable mention as producer of Around the Hornet for Audio Podcast and a third place finish as a contributor for Audio Podcast from JACC. While Jake has served as EIC, The Hornet secured its first ACP Online Pacemaker award, which has been referred to as the "Pulitzer of college media." The Hornet has also been recognized for "General Excellence: Online News Site" by JACC in both semesters Jake has served as EIC. He was also elected to be the new JACC SoCal Student Representative for all JACC members in Southern California for 2024-2025. Outside of The Hornet, Jake is an assistant coach with the Varsity Boys' basketball team at Fullerton Union High School and is also a bartender at Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ. His end goal in Journalism is to be a beat writer for an MLB or NBA team, or a sportscaster. Jake enjoys spending time with his wife Alexis, daughters Samantha, Madison, and dog Cocoa.

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