Tigers hunt for local recipes

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— Shannon Valora would like to see the cheerleading squad at Hayden High School grow, but she knows it won't happen without more uniforms.

Only seven girls can cheer for the Tigers during the fall or winter season, because only seven girls can be outfitted at a time.

Valora, the high school cheerleading coach, would love to give more girls the opportunity to cheer.

"A lot of people have expressed interest in it," she said. "We just don't have enough uniforms for them."

The solution for the team is to develop a cookbook and sell it as a fund-raiser. Squad members are in the process of collecting recipes for the book.

Proceeds from the book sales will be used to supplement the $800 the squad gets from the school district each year.

The $800 doesn't go far, Valora said. That money pays for trips and is used to purchase materials for spirit posters that hang on athletes' lockers and on the gym walls.

Valora said she hopes to raise enough money with cookbook sales to purchase at least 12 new uniforms.

That would allow her to split the cheerleaders into two squads of six girls each.

Two squads in the fall and winter, Valora said, would allow squads to cheer for one sport.

The fall cheerleaders cheered for volleyball and football, while the winter cheerleaders cheered for wrestling and girls and boys basketball.

It's a schedule that keeps them on their toes and cheering three to four times a week.

Four basketball games in one evening, team captain and senior Megan Klein said, can wear out the squad.

New uniforms would mean the girls could wear something that coordinated as well as fit.

"It's tough when we go out and we don't have the same thing on," junior Megan Keadle said.

The cheerleaders said they are optimistic about their fund-raising goals.

They have already crossed a bigger hurdle earning the respect of their peers.

The cheerleading program has come a long way, Klein said, since she first started as a freshman.

Respect came, sophomore Amber Wade said, when she and her teammates began to show how much they cared about their school. With the exception of Klein, who has cheered for four years, the remaining six took up cheerleading this year.

The cookbooks should be printed by mid-May and will sell for less than $10.

Valora placed no stipulations on the types of recipes that would be included in the book.

"Any sort of recipe is welcome," Valora said.

Recipes can be dropped off at the Hayden High School office, faxed to 276-4374, or mailed to the HHS cheerleaders, P.O. Box 70, Hayden, 81639.

For more information, call Shannon Valora at 276-3756.

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