All the games these girls have cheered for have been won by Rockford, with the exception of one game being a 0-0 score. It is widely felt that these girls have been the good luck charms. They are (front row, l–r) Emilee Glass, Ally Patin, Tensey Gavalis, Bridget Lass, Hannah Stinson; (back row) Amanda Eslinger, Taylor Blackburn, Coach Allie Hite, Katie Montroy, Ellie Sims; (not pictured) “manager mom” Courtney Blackburn. Most of the girls have been cheering for Rocket Cheer since 2007. Each year they are coached by a current high school cheerleader. This year, freshman Allie Hite has volunteered her time to coach this team.
Known for her sunny smile and willingness to give Amanda Eslinger, 10, is the daughter of Paul and Robin Eslinger and sister to Brianna. Amanda is known as a responsible person who sets high standards for herself. Teachers at Crestwood Elementary School say that Amanda regularly goes out of her way to make a difference in the lives of other students. She is quick to lend a hand when she notices someone who needs help, and is known for her caring attitude. A friendly student, Amanda is well liked by her peers and teachers. Amanda volunteers her time at Crash’s Landing, a no-kill cat shelter. She spends six to nine hours each month helping to care for the pets there, feeding and watering the animals, or cleaning cages. She also enjoys giving loving attention to the cats until they find their new home. Amanda strives to do her personal best in the activities she undertakes. Her sunny smile is well known at school and at home. Her determination to succeed is shown by her academic achievement. She has reached the Platinum level in Accelerated Reading, and was elected to student council in fifth grade. A well-rounded student, Amanda also enjoys cheerleading, gymnastics, reading and playing games on her Nintendo DS. She is a member of the Rocket cheer team and also loves to ride her bike. Amanda attends Northlawn United Methodist Church. This positive and exceptional young woman is an Example in Excellence in all she does. Examples in Excellence is a joint effort of Rockford Public School, Douglas Photography and The Rockford Squire newspaper. Students are chosen annually from each school in the district for their qualities of character and williness to help others. Students are recognized at a ceremony each spring and throughout the year with a display of their portraits and biographies in the school administration office.