Heather Wolf
coordinator of Student Activities, Nebraskan Student Union, 308.865.839

Team members were recently selected for the 2011-2012 Spirit Squad at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The UNK Spirit Squad includes both the Sapphires Dance Team, which performs at home basketball and football games, and the UNK Cheer Squad, which cheers at home basketball, football and volleyball games. In addition, both teams make appearances at campus and community events, as requested. Members were selected through competitive tryouts, which were held on the UNK campus.

“The girls come to campus for a day,” said Heather Wolf, UNK Spirit Squad adviser and Student Activities coordinator. “In the morning, they go through interviews, and in the afternoon, they do physical tryouts. They perform a dance, learn a dance and perform skills.”

The interviews and tryouts are judged by Wolf, as well as UNK Cheer Squad Coach Lacy Mortinson and Sapphires Dance Team Coach Sarah Foulk.

Cheer Squad members are listed below, alphabetically by hometown:

2011-2012 UNK Cheer Squad

Bennington – 
Kayla Book, Bennington High School; Victoria Klaus, Bennington High School 
Grand Island – 
Yanira Rivera-Erives, Grand Island High School 
Grant – 
Brooke Poppe, Perkins County High School 
Plattsmouth – 
Megan Null, Plattsmouth High School 
Raymond – 
Meagan Palensky, Raymond Central High School 
Roseland – 
Betsy Battreall, Silver Lake High School 
Schuyler – 
Molly Papa, Schuyler High School 
Stromsburg – 
Sarah Anderson, Cross County Community School

Out of State
Ellis – 
Danielle Weber, Ellis High School 
Sylvan Grove – 
Lexa Watson, Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School

2011-2012 UNK Sapphires Dance Team

Fremont – 
Victoria Kremlacek, Fremont High School; Kathryn Reese, Fremont High School; Amelia Wagner, Fremont High School; 
Grand Island – 
Alaina Clingenpeel, Grand Island Senior High 
Gretna – 
Chelsea Schaffer, Gretna High School 
Kearney – 
Michell Fox, Kearney High School; Kristina Redwine, Kearney Catholic High School; Caela Schutt, Kearney High School 
Lincoln – 
Emily Martinez, Lincoln High School 
Omaha – 
Melissa Valentino, Omaha Burke High School 
Ralston –
Alexa Haave, Ralston High School; Megan Wagman, Ralston High School

Out of State
Council Bluffs – 
Allison Palmer, St. Albert High School