Thursday March 28, 2013
There are many fun ways for students to get involved with the community. Kelsey MacArt, a freshman at South Burlington High School (SBHS), has developed her own cheerleading internship at a neighboring middle school. Cheerleading is something that is very important to Kelsey, who has been involved in it for five years. Ms. MacArt decided she wanted to move beyond just participating and be a mentor or coach, thereby increasing her involvement and passing along her passion to younger students.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school Ms. MacArt assists two primary coaches with cheerleaders ranging from fifth to eighth grade. One of the coaches was her coach for four years when she took part in cheerleading in Georgia, while the other coach is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont.
Her internship began in late November (2012). She plans on interning with this program for at least the next four years, until she finishes high school. Ms. MacArt would also love to become a certified cheerleading coach when she turns sixteen.
Ms. MacArt’s favorite part of this internship is teaching girls cheerleading skills and at the same time getting better at what she loves doing. “Being able to go and share my knowledge about cheerleading with girls younger than me is an awesome way for me to do what I love,” she enthuses. During the winter cheerleading season, the squad competes in competitions in the area. Competing was Ms. MacArt’s favorite part of cheerleading in middle school, so she is very excited to be a part of that experience for the girls.
For more information on any CDC program and how to get involved, please contact Career Development Center Coordinator Nancy LaVarnway at South Burlington High School (firstname.lastname@example.org or 652-7018).
SOURCE: Felicia Le, CDC Correspondent