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Take the Evergreen High School fight song, add in the school’s poms team and 12 middle school students, plus a dance routine, and you get a special performance at the boys soccer game on Sept. 30.
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The Evergreen poms, in addition to performing weekly at varsity games, are ramping up for competition season. The Cougars have been Jeffco league champions for the past two years, hoping to continue their winning streak on Nov. 9. The state competition is in Denver in December, and the team will travel to Florida in March for the national competition.
The experience is a win-win for both the squad and the middle school girls.
The middle school girls get a chance to go through a poms practice, be part of the team and perform for a crowd, according to coach Sophia Updike. Plus, she added, the girls learned new dance moves and pick up choreography.
Poms team co-captains Molly Armitage and Lizzie Rothwell noted that the clinic helps the high school team continue to preserve team spirit by persuading participants to try out for the poms when they get to high school.
And it worked. Several middle schoolers said they will consider trying out for the team when they are older. Some explained that poms would be one of several sports to consider.
The younger girls just became part of the team — something they appreciated and learned from. The 12 middle-schoolers and the 16 high school poms practiced and performed as one unit.
Before they performed, Updike told the large team to feel confident and have fun.
Sloan Benson, a sixth grader at Evergreen Middle School, enjoyed the entire clinic, noting it was different from the gymnastics in which she is currently involved.
Ellowyn Wishon, a sixth grader at Evergreen Country Day School, said several years ago, she participated in the clinic the poms organize in the spring for elementary school students, and it was a lot of fun, so she thought she’d try it again.
Julia Short, also a sixth grader at Evergreen Country Day School, said she also did an elementary school clinic, plus she had heard how much fun being on the team is. Julia, who is a competitive dancer, wanted to see if she would like performing as a pom and if it would be fun.
And by the looks of the smiling faces and energy at practice, the whole group was enjoying the experience.
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