Hanford High School's Varsity Cheer Squad earned third place in the 2008 American School Spirit Awards competition. Judges evaluated the portfolios of 40 cheerleading teams from across the nation. The judging categories were community service, academics, athletic support, spirit raising ability and cheer skill.
"I'm proud of these girls for achieving third place nationally," said Coach Kim Mayer. "This award is a reflection of the Hanford High cheer program as a whole. Over the years, each girl has made an impact and helped build it."
The Hanford High Cheer Squad helps out the community by volunteering at the Domestic Violence Shelter, participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and raising money for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center through the Pink Game for Breast Cancer fundraising event.
The girls spearhead all sorts of activities to engage fans in supporting Hanford High School teams including Falcon Fan Frenzy and Friday Spirit Days.
The squad has a 3.24 overall grade point average. Members are: Alyssa Clary, Hunter Hammersmith, Noelle Hayden, Hope Leinen, Alyssa McElroy, Cindy Milardovic, Kelly Morgan, Jaclynn Sanchez, Tiffany Sanger, Hannah Siglin, Chelsea Skjerva, Kelsey Smith, Taylor Ward, Racquel Watkins, Tori Williamson and Cheyenne Zampelli.