Junior Jaguars roar with spirit
Marrero Academy girls attend clinic
Thursday, October 07, 2010
By Shelita Dalton
Contributing writer
 
Nearly 20 fourth- and fifth-grade girls from Marrero Academy and Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies recently got to be Jaguars for the day.
 
Several Thomas Jefferson high school cheerleaders taught the younger girls cheerleading techniques, stunts, cheers and dances during the school's first Junior Jaguar Clinic on Saturday. The students will perform the multi-step dance during halftime of Thomas Jefferson's homecoming game, Saturday at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
 
The proceeds from the clinic will go toward the high school cheerleaders' uniforms. The main goal of the event, however, was not to earn money, but to promote school spirit and help promote interaction among magnet schools on the West Bank.
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"We're trying to incorporate magnet schools at every level from elementary on up because we want them to be more interactive with one another," said Stacie Dupuy, head cheerleading coach for Thomas Jefferson.
 
Thomas Jefferson sophomore Kelleigh Berryhill said she believes the clinic was a fun experience for the younger girls.
 
"I think when more mature cheerleaders help smaller ones it will help them to understand things better," she said. "It benefits them and they'll enjoy themselves at the same time; if you make it fun it'll be worthwhile."
 
Along with learning cheers and techniques, the girls also participated in several elimination games. During the games, the students were challenged to memorize and correctly perform some of the techniques they were taught.
 
Hannah Barousse, a fifth-grader at Gretna No. 2 Academy, was the winner of one of the competitions. She said she's happy she was able to win and hopes to become a cheerleader one day.
 
"I'm having fun and the game was my favorite part," she said.
 
Dupuy said the clinic took a lot of coordination and everyone had to work together.
 
"We had to promote and get parents to sign up, and the parents were very involved, especially helping with concession during the event," she said.
 
Senior Dejana Parker, head captain of the Thomas Jefferson cheerleading squad, said she believes the event was a great way to help the younger students get more involved.
 
"A lot of them come from Gretna No. 2 and then they're going to go to Ruppel Academy, and then for high school they may come here to Thomas Jefferson," she said. "So, we figured as the high school cheerleaders, if we can catch some of the smaller girls, they'll be pumped up about coming to high school and becoming a cheerleader."
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Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

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SUSAN POAG / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE First grader Jace Collins and his classmates showed that they indeed could limbo lower Wednesday, March 31,2010 at Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies in Marrero during the schools Jump Rope for Heart event.Jump Rope for Heart is a national fundraiser for the American Heart Association that has students bringing in pledge money for their participation.Students were required to perform a variety of rope jumping styles that they had learned previously in physical education class. All grades in the school took part.

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

Added by Susan Poag,The Times-Picayune on March 31, 2010 at 2:48 PM
SUSAN POAG / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE First grader Raniece Rousell and her classmates showed that they indeed could limbo lower for physical education teacher Connie Kringas Wednesday, March 31,2010 at Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies in Marrero during the schools Jump Rope for Heart event.Jump Rope for Heart is a national fundraiser for the American Heart Association that has students bringing in pledge money for their participation.Students were required to perform a variety of rope jumping styles that they had learned previously in physical education class. All grades in the school took part.

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

Added by Susan Poag,The Times-Picayune on March 31, 2010 at 2:48 PM
SUSAN POAG / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Second grader Tayelyn Cross and her classmates showed that they indeed could limbo lower Wednesday, March 31,2010 at Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies in Marrero during the schools Jump Rope for Heart event.Jump Rope for Heart is a national fundraiser for the American Heart Association that has students bringing in pledge money for their participation.Students were required to perform a variety of rope jumping styles that they had learned previously in physical education class. All grades in the school took part.

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

Added by Susan Poag,The Times-Picayune on March 31, 2010 at 2:48 PM
SUSAN POAG / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Second grader Julie Ledet and her classmate got air born Wednesday, March 31,2010 at Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies in Marrero during the schools Jump Rope for Heart event.Jump Rope for Heart is a national fundraiser for the American Heart Association that has students bringing in pledge money for their participation.Students were required to perform a variety of rope jumping styles that they had learned previously in physical education class. All grades in the school took part.


Students attend Math Competition


Jefferson Parish First Day of School

Jefferson Parish First Day of School

Added by Doug Parker on August 17, 2009 at 8:20 PM
SUSAN POAG/THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Fifth grade science and social studies teacher Allison Gordon welcomes her homeroom class at Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies.

Jefferson Parish First Day of School

Jefferson Parish First Day of School

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SUSAN POAG/THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Third grade teacher Lisa McElhannon welcomes her students to her room at Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies Monday, August 17, 2009.

Jefferson Parish First Day of School

Jefferson Parish First Day of School

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SUSAN POAG/THE TIMES-PICAYUNE JoQuise Bridges and Jordan Sullivan select school supplies out of stacks in their homeroom in fifth grade teacher Allison Gordon's class at Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies.


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