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Tiny Tribe Takes Over


If you like it, yell go big, red! On Sept. 22, the “Tiny Tribe” got a chance to participate in the JV’s cheerleading squad. This tribe consisted of students from the community K-8th grade. They all got a “ big sister” who was one of our JV and Varsity cheerleaders. 

Practices were held from Sept 18th-20th for their performance they were going to give out to the audience. They cheered the first two quarters of the JV game and performed during halftime. 

This event was a fundraiser helping our cheerleaders raise money. It will help pay with the crowd involvement, choreography routine, and help the cheerleaders get items to show spirit for the themes of the games. Ava Keast and Brooklynn Cockriel, Varsity captains were the ones to plan out this successful night. Coaches Amanda Cockriel and Tammy Paxton approved and assisted the cheerleaders for extra support. 

Varsity Captains Brooklynn Cockriel, left, Ava Keast, right, dressed up as cowgirls according to theme 

 “It helped the cheer team make a lot of money for the team,” Brooklynn Cockriel says. “It was also a very awesome experience for the little kids because they got to practice with the cheerleaders.” 

The captains loved it even though it was a stressful time they will forever cherish this grand moment.

 “We do look forward to this. It’s really fun to work with little girls, and you know they look up to all the cheerleaders,” commented Ava Keast. “It’s really nice having it be successful.”

The parents loved the choreography. Their smiles stretched all across the bleachers. 

“It’s a nice thing they do for little girls to experience and it helps them with their fundraiser,” Silvia Martinez, a proud parent in the crowd says. “It was a really good day and a special moment for us parents.”


Overall there was nothing but positive feedback. All the students had lots of fun and will forever be a memorable day for them.

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Ashley Campos
Ashley Campos, RHS Life Editor
Ashley Campos is a sophomore at Ripon High. She would like this year to be unforgettable. Campos hopes to learn as much as she can, be a good influence and always lead by example. Ashley wants to get involved in many clubs and extracurricular activities. She is currently playing on the JV school volleyball team and plans on joining the soccer team. Ashley loves meeting new people and further educating herself. Campos is excited to use this opportunity of being part of Smoke Signal News as a way to improve her communication skills. She is looking forward to educating and entertaining people through her writing.
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Melanye Sanchez is currently a junior at Ripon High. This is her first year being involved in journalism. She hopes to get a little more involved here at school with journalism and in the Estudiantes Unidos Club. In that club she wants to have a leadership role and encourage more people to join. Sanchez wants the E.U club to do more events throughout the school and to  have fun. She hopes to meet new people and make new friends. Melanye looks forward to creating great articles that are interesting and fun. In her free time Sanchez enjoys being with her family and friends.   

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