Hermantown cheerleaders fight to keep cheering

By KBJR News 1

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 9:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Hermantown school board voted to eliminate funding for the district's cheer program last week, but a team of cheerleaders isn't letting that take away their spirit.

The team's Hawk Mascot and cheerleaders have been holding signs outside of Hermantown facilities on Friday to show their support for the program..

They're also urging people in the community to attend the Hermantown school board meeting on Monday, where plans to reinstate the cheer program are expected to be discussed.

"Ever since cheerleaders came to the elementary school it was just, I had always wanted to do it. It gave me so much like self-confidence. It was just amazing and I made so many friends," said Maddy Scott, a cheerleader on the team.

"If you take it away it just feels like you're taking away more of the school it feels like, 'cause we go to most of every pep assembly, we're at all of the games, and we're there to help pump up the team and the school," said Megan Gries, another cheerleader on the team.

Team members say the program has been in place for more than 60 years, and they hope to continue cheering the Hawks on for another 60.

The team currently has 19 cheerleaders, which is the largest number of girls they've had on the team, and they hope that number will be allowed to grow in the future.

Elsa Robins