On Saturday, January 14, the Jasper dance team and Southridge cheerleaders put on the halftime performance of a lifetime. Opening the halftime show was the Jasper cheerleaders along with the next generation cheerleaders showing their school spirit by helping the high school team cheer on their classmates and get the crowd pumped up for the second half of the game. Once they had finished their routine, the Southridge and Jasper dance teams came to show what they can do with the help of senior Kyle Hollinden, Carson Pierce, and Seth Hill.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization, that donates the money they earn from fundraisers and donations to building homes from families in need. The Jasper vs. Southridge game raised over $1,000 to build a house in April for a single mom and two children. “I just really like helping others!” Senior Kyle Hollinden enthuses. Hollinden has worked a lot with community service and this experience was very humbling for him, having someone else come and ask him to help other people in need was an unforgettable moment for him. That did not take away any of the fun, though, Kyle has always wanted
to dance with the dance team and finally got the opportunity to do so with his long time friend Emma Grow.
Emma has been on the dance team all four years of high school, and never have they done anything like this. “It was a good experience because it was something we have never done before and to come together to help the less fortunate is something good to come out of a dance instead of just the entertainment factor.” Both Kyle and Emma agree that they hope the dance team continues this fundraiser and even hopes they can face off against other schools in hopes of raising money for other organizations. It was a booster for both the schools and the community.