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Cheering for the Owls

Angie Frederickson
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Southwest Football League cheerleaders

Southwest Football League cheerleaders (Photo: Elizabeth Naggar)

The Southwest Football League cheerleaders (pictured) performed during halftime at the Rice University vs. West Point Army game at Rice Stadium. The girls, ages 6 through 11, learned dances and cheers from the Rice cheerleaders at a camp during the summer, and attended twice-weekly practices to prepare for the halftime show. The spirited cheerleaders are (top row, from left) Abigail Schellinger, Hayley Naggar, Marinne Miller, Madeline Spielman, Samantha Chavez, Allie Barker, Trinity El-Hakam, Lily Johnston and Sydney Spielman; (middle row, from left) Eliana Antonoff, Audrey Conklin, Juliette McLaughlin, Sloane Smith, Fiona Duncan, Lauren Young, Jordan Young, Laila Payne, Sophie Polasek, Macyn Tannery and Zoe Clark; (bottom row, from left) MacKensey Fisher, Teresa Pinkston, Ava Munro, Eva Pastore, Payton Spielman, Alexa Negro, Sasha Payne, Elizabeth Burke and Ella Gibson; not pictured: Taylor Vondenstein.

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