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HOW TO BE A CHEERLEADER
Duane Decker
November 15, 1954
It takes more than natural poise and acrobatic skill to win that important job and get the rooters going
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November 15, 1954

How To Be A Cheerleader

It takes more than natural poise and acrobatic skill to win that important job and get the rooters going

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A TREASURED KEEPSAKE

Laura, who is five foot six and 110 pounds, got to be this year's head cheerleader because the other girls elected her to the post at the season's end in '53. One of her treasured keepsakes is a telegram she received just before this year's opening game. It was sent by last year's leader, Dot Boroway, and said: "Lots of luck to you and best wishes to the squad."

As leader, the only thing that makes her nervous is the pep assemblies held in the Harding auditorium on Fridays. It's being on the stage, making the speeches she has to, that gets her slightly rattled. But according to Mrs. Clancy, she's one of the greatest speechmakers who ever came along, in her field. Before a recent Friday night game with Stratford High, this was Laura's message to the mob:

"We're going to win tonight, so there's no sense talking about it. Let's give the team a cheer and be done with it."

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