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Cheerleaders mentor their younger counterparts
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STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For years the high school cheerleaders at Bonny Eagle High School have taken their grade school counterparts under their wing to teach them the finer points of cheering.

"I think it is pretty rewarding, cause you learn a lot from the kids and you learn stuff about yourself that when you were little you might not have known," explained junior cheerleader Whitney Phillips, who herself was a participant in the cheering program starting in 2nd grade.

"It is something that I see like a life lesson," she added.  "To see what they had to go through with us, and now having to go through it personally, it is like a really good experience."

"They absolutely love the program," gushed Carrie Walker, president of the Bonny Eagle Cheering Boosters.  "We start in 2nd grade and go through 8th grade, and we have more parents calling us, how soon can my child get involved."

The high schoolers mentor the kids, showing them dance moves, teaching them cheers and even the proper way to execute high flying stunts.

"I tell them what we do that my coach doesn't like so they learn from that and don't do that," explained senior Kelcie Merean.  "I can't go a day without cheering.  I look forward to seeing them everyday."

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