Oct. 28, 2013
 
Video: Sparkling Scots bring inspiration to cheerleading squad
 
 

The excitement of being a part of the cheerleading squad is now a reality for five students with special needs at Highland Park High School.
 
The Sparkling Scots performed with the HPHS varsity cheerleaders during the Oct. 25 homecoming football at Highlander Stadium. This is the first year for the program, and Friday's performance was the final of three scheduled for the fall.
 
"The Sparkling Scots have added so much spirit to the pep rallies and games," said Highland Park High School Principal Walter Kelly. "They are an important part of our school community, and to truly be a community, everyone should have the chance to make a contribution. It's inspirational to have them cheering for our teams and our school."
 
The Sparkling Scots are part of a national program called the Sparkle Effect, which was launched in Iowa and has now expanded to more than 70 high schools in 20 states. The HPHS squad was initiated by parent Kelly Waterman and embraced by the HPHS cheerleaders.
 
"For some girls, it's a dream come true to be a cheerleader at their high school. The boost to their self-esteem is enormous," Waterman said. "We moved here from another high school that had the program, and we saw firsthand what the benefits were, not only for our girls, but for the varsity cheerleaders. The varsity girls got as much out of it as our girls."

 

The Sparkling Scots are:

  • Marisa Flood
  • Kathleen Gamso
  • Brielle Robertson 
  • Sara Waterman
  • Allie Wells  

Click here to view a video of the Sparkling Scots from the Oct. 11 home football game, produced by the HPISD Communications Dept. 

 

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