By TERESA CHIPMAN
Kimberly Hobbs is the new cheer coach at Preston High School.
When Pandi Elison stepped down recently, Hobbs was asked once again to fill the position and this time she accepted. In previous years she felt her children were too young and she needed to focus on her family.
Now that they are older she is ready to take on the challenge. Consolidating her studio under one roof was also part of making that possible.
Hobbs has 20 years of tap, ballet, jazz, cheer and gymnastics training from Debbie Reynolds Studios, Robertson & Lyman Studios and Utah State University. She has also had extensive gymnastics coach training from Ray Corn, USU’s recently retired gymnastics coach.
She has 28 years of instructing tap, ballet, jazz and gymnastics, while choreographing for her studio, Jr. Miss, Preston High School, Idaho Days, Franklin County Theatre and other entities.
After working at the school for 18 years, Hobbs feels she is in a good position to add to the program. She knows most of the students and her years of dance, cheer and gymnastics experience, as well as teaching, will contribute to a successful program.
She is also excited to be working with Deanza King as her assistant coach. King is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, modern, gymnastics and cheerleading. She has been dancing for 16 years and choreographing for six. She currently teaches hip-hop and cheerleading.
One of Hobbs goals is to ensure each member of the cheer squad is someone other students, especially younger ones, can look up to as an example and role model. Another goal is to work on building school spirit.
Hobbs feels a JV squad is part of the answer and has added one for the next school year.
“We are going to work really hard to get more people out to the games, to get people cheering and to get people supporting their school. One of the ways to do that is to have cheerleaders at the freshman and JV games. It has to start at the base level.”
There are 27 students on the team comprised of 14 varsity and 13 JV members. For sideline cheering, the team is divided by grade with the JV squad cheering at freshman and JV games and the varsity squad at varsity games. Three boys will rotate between squads. For performances, they will cheer together as a team and for competitions they will be divided, according to their strength.
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