Hoenig, Helenthal selected for All-State cheer squad

Chloe Hoenig and Mandy Helenthal were selected to be a part of the Iowa All-State Cheerleading squad Sunday in Ames. Courtesy photo.

AMES – Fort Madison High School Senior, Chloe Hoenig was selected for the Iowa All-State Cheerleading squad Sunday in Ames, Iowa. Sophomore Mandy Helenthal was selected as a honorable mention, which will place her on the alternate list.
The Iowa All-State Cheerleading Squad is an ICCA/IHSAA sponsored, select team. Any varsity cheerleader of an ICCA member team can tryout for the team. Tryouts are held in October every year. Candidates are judged on their motions, jumps, dance ability, and gymnastics. A team of 20-45 of Iowa’s best cheerleaders are chosen. Over 200 cheerleaders try out each year.
A choreographer is hired and the team practices on four different Sundays from January to March. During the IHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament, March 13, 2020, the team comes together and performs during half time of two of the Friday games. The last performance is during the 1A final.
This half time performance is televised and team members are presented with medals.

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