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Published 2/17/2005

Owens Hosts Cheerleading Competition For Youth and High School Students, March 5-6

Area cheerleading teams have the opportunity to test their ability against some of the best squads in Ohio as Owens Community College hosts a Cheerleading Competition, March 5-6.

Sponsored by Owens' Cheerleading and Dance Team, the competition is from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, and from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, in the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo.

"I anticipate a very exciting day of cheerleading with each participant incorporating a lot of spirit, energy and enthusiasm into their routines," said Tracy Rollins, Owens Cheerleading and Dance Team Head Coach. "Many cheerleading squads ranging from high school varsity to pee wee are expected to participate in the competition."

Cheerleading squad participants must be between preschool and 12th grade. Additionally, there is an open competition for individuals ages 18 and over. Divisions for the competition will include Specialty, Cheer Squads and School. Specific categories are Individual Cheer, Individual Tumble, All Girl Stunt Group, Coed Partner Stunts, Recreation Leagues, All Stars, Junior High, Freshmen, Junior Varsity, Small Varsity, Large Varsity and Collegiate/Open.

Routines performed by each team cannot exceed two minutes and 30 seconds in length, while individual routines cannot exceed two minutes in length. Both routines are allowed a maximum of one minute and 15 seconds for the music section. The routines must include one cheer, one chant and a dance. A panel of judges will critique all divisions with the top three teams in each division receiving awards.

Since its founding as a cheer/dance mounting squad in 2001, the Owens Cheerleading and Dance Team has participated in regional and state competitions, garnering several awards. Such honors include first place finishes at JamFest - Collegiate Open Cheer and the Ohio Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships. In addition, Owens' squad was second at the Cheerleaders of America Open Championship and the Cheerleaders of America Midwest Open.

Tickets for the competition, which is open to the general public, are $5 for adults, $2 for youth and free for children under the age of 3. For more information, or to register, call (567) 661-7935 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7935.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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