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Local prep cheerleader invited to national camp

Bears’ Taylor Daniels raising tuition money to get to Hawaii

Posted: April 11, 2011 - 10:28pm

Local prep cheerleader Taylor Daniels has been invited to attend the 10th Annual CheerHawaii USA Summer Invitational Camp, and the Juneau-Douglas sophomore hopes to raise the tuition money necessary to attend by May 1.

Daniels said the price of tuition is $2,395, and her family, along with the help of the community, is well on its way to reaching that mark.

When it comes to fundraising, a little effort can go a long way. But Daniels has put in more than just a little effort.

“I’m doing a car wash, I’m thinking about putting on an Easter dance — kind of a father-daughter thing — and I’m doing a garage sale next week,” she said. “And thank God for my dad. He went from business to business just asking for donations. Even $10 gets us far.

“In one day we almost hit the halfway mark,” she continued. “It was amazing.”

Before accepting an invite to the camp, Daniels said she had no idea she was even nominated. She said her coach, Monica Casipit, who Daniels had known for about seven years, decided the young Crimson Bear could really benefit from extra coaching she wasn’t getting in Juneau. So Casipit filled out an application on the sophomore’s behalf, and Daniels said the camp responded about a month and a half later wanting to know more about her before extending an invitation

Still, Casipit had yet to give Daniels the good news.

“I was having a horrible day, and she called me and said I was going to Hawaii cheer camp. I was screaming and hollering, I was just so excited,” Daniels said. “But I also knew I had a lot of work ahead of me. I knew I had to fundraise and get people to help me with the finances because it is a lot of money.”

The camp’s selection process is very detailed, and Daniels said she is one of the 50-75 prep cheerleaders around the country to receive an invite. At the beginning of each school year, CheerHawaii selection committee works with thousands of high school varsity cheer coaches from all 50 states. Each coach is asked to nominate his or her most deserving cheerleader(s) to be considered for selection to the camp.

According to the camp’s website, nominees are expected to possess good basic cheer skills, leadership abilities, a desire to learn and improve, excellence in academics and a positive attitude.

Daniels has met all previous requirements, now all she needs to do is raise the proper funds to make it to the University of Hawaii campus on the island of Oahu the week of June 29-July 6.

If anyone is interested in donating money to help Daniels get to Hawaii, she said to call her at (907) 209-3329 or e-mail her at taylor.daniels20@yahoo.com.

“They can call me,” she said. “I’ll be right there to pick up the phone.”

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