“I am very excited about this trip to Florida,” Slagle said. “We will be doing the most difficult routine Pendleton Heights has ever done. It’s an amazing opportunity that few get to experience. We’re appreciative that we have the opportunity to go and that we have many supporters that help make it possible.”
“My favorite thing about cheerleading is competing, especially with this group of girls,” Slagle added. “We only have two and a half minutes to show the judges and the crowd what we are able to do but it is always so much fun.”
Joining Slagle on the Pendleton Heights High School cheer team are Melanie Cox, Sarah Crull, Ashton Garrett, Baylee Greene, Chantal Kimmerling, Lexie Kissinger, Brianna Martin, Bailey Maxwell, Bella Salsberry, Taylor Sparks, Emma James, Bailey Castillion, Hannah Ferguson, Jessica Hudson, and Paighe Weaver. Trista Bellotti, Marah Kasdorf, and Mark Hughes serve as coaching assistants to Brenda Jamerson.
Though sheer talent has led the way to a fifth trip to the National High School Cheer Championship, Jamerson acknowledged that it would not be possible without the selfless efforts of the Pendleton community and volunteers.
“Parents’ support is everything,” Jamerson said. “This is truly a year-round sport with no off seasons. We know this affects the entire family.Our parents are also instrumental in the success of our fundraising activities such as cheer clinics, competitions, raffle sales, and various other events.
“Ford Auto World of Anderson has been a huge supporter of the PHHS cheer program, giving us the opportunity to raise funds while introducing the community to the latest Ford models. Our principal, athletic director, and school board continues to support our efforts to represent our community at Pendleton Heights events, as well as state and national events. In addition to cheering at games and competitions, these girls are also active in the community. This year, the PHHS cheerleaders sponsored a Challenger team for the Pendleton Youth baseball program, raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and sponsored a cheer competition that raised over $1,400 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Indianapolis. I take great pride in the tradition we have built at Pendleton Heights.”