Isabelle Herrin is a member of the Bret Harte High School cheer squad
Isabelle Herrin, 16, a Bret Harte High School junior from Copperopolis, has been selected to represent Calaveras County as a cheerleader at the halftime show during the 2015 Orange Bowl college football game held in Florida on Dec. 31.
Girls compete regionally for a coveted position on the halftime cheer team.
Herrin said she was one of 15 chosen out of approximately 500 who attended the JAMZ cheer camp/competition held in early August at California State Univeristy, East Bay, in Hayward.
Herrin began cheering in third grade with the Angels Murphys Arnold Boosters cheer team as an outlet for her excessive energy and her incredibly flexible body. “Little did I know it would take me so far,” Herrin said.
By her second year of cheering Herrin was a flyer; a flyer is the little cheerleader that gets tossed in the air and makes it look like a smooth flight all the while trusting the skills of those on the ground – the base – to catch her.
Now, with many years later, Herrin cheers for the Bret Harte High School Bullfrog junior varsity and varsity teams. “I love to cheer,” she said.
“I’m very happy for her,” said Bret Harte cheer coach Linda Ogburn.
Herrin is not certain what type of routine will be performed at the halftime event but she hopes she can fly.
In her spare time, Herrin enjoys anything and everything to do with floriculture.
“My favorite subject in school is my advanced floral class,” Herrin said.
Herrin said she has been active in Future Farmers of American for many years and hopes for a future in the floriculture industry.
“I plan on attending Modesto Junior College after I graduate Bret Harte,” she said. She said she plans to study floriculture. “I also hope to cheer at the college.”
Herrin has a long list of those she wants to thank, including her coaches, her cheer mates and her friends. She extends her greatest thanks to her parents and brother.
“They are so caring and loving,” Herrin said. “Even when my brother has to work he still manages to make it to games to support me. But my mom and dad I have to give them the most kudos.”
Herrin said her parents have shown years of commitment, driving her places in all seasons so Herrin can follow her dream.
Herrin will need to raise $7000 to represent Calaveras County at the Orange Bowl game.
Those wishing to help should contact her mother Tammy Herrin at email@example.com.