Two Coon Rapids High School cheerleaders have been named to the 2012 Minnesota Cheerleading Coaches Association (MCCA) All-State Cheer Team.
They are Jobie Schuldt and Ali Johnston, who are both seniors at Coon Rapids High School and are varsity cheerleaders.
According to Jaclyn Schuldt, Coon Rapids High School cheerleading head coach, 101 girls tried out for the All-State Cheer Team.
“They are two exceptional kids,” Schuldt said.
“They have completed countless hours of volunteer work and have both been captains of their squads throughout their high school career.”
The three best qualities about Johnston are that she is dedicated, responsible and independent, Schuldt said.
She loves everything that she does and gives it 110 percent, according to Schuldt.
“Her hard work and dedication helped her to achieve her goal of being all-state this year.”
Johnston has cheered three seasons on the varsity football cheer squad and four seasons on the varsity hockey cheerleading squad.
She was also the 2011-2012 varsity hockey cheerleading captain and has earned a letter every season that she has cheered.
Johnston has won awards for her outstanding academics during all seven seasons in cheerleading as well as winning the “110 percent award” and “everyone’s friend award.”
The most recent award was, of course, making all state, Schuldt said.
With all of her honors and college classes Johnston still finds time to focus on her academics as well as being involved with cheerleading and other activities such as NHS and Link Crew, she said.
“As a cheerleader Ali has spent over 10 hours of her time volunteering this fall, not including all of her volunteer work through NHS,” Schuldt said.
Her favorite classes are math and choir and she has plans to attend Winona State; her major is undecided at this time.
Three best qualities about Jobie Schuldt are that she works well with others, she is outgoing/friendly and she has the ability to learn new skills quickly, according to Jaclyn Schuldt.
“Jobie has cheered four seasons on the varsity football squad, one season on the varsity wrestling squad and six seasons on the varsity competition team in which she made first made in seventh grade,” Jaclyn Schuldt said.
She has been captain of the varsity competition cheerleading team for the past three years and has earned a letter every season that she has cheered.
In addition to earning letter awards, Jobie Schuldt has also won awards for “best tumbling” and “best leadership,” as well as making all-state.
“Along with keeping up her grades, as a cheerleader, Jobie has volunteered over 10 hours of her time this past fall,” Jaclyn Schuldt said.
“She has been involved with Youth Teaching Youth, Video Club and Students Making a Choice.”
“Jobie currently coaches at Coon Rapids Middle School, working to keep the Cardinal Pride going strong.”
Her favorite part about school is doing the video broadcast announcements every day and her English class, according to Jaclyn Schuldt.
She plans to attend college with plans of pursuing news broadcasting.
The purpose of the All State Cheer Team is to honor cheerleaders who excel in cheer, dance and jumps, according to the MCCA website.
Tryouts for the team took place in October at Concordia University in St. Paul.
MCCA is an organization created for the purpose of assisting and encouraging the growth and improvement of cheerleading throughout the state.
It is the only governing body for cheerleading in the state that is recognized by the Minnesota State High School League.
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