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Alana Corn, 16, a cheerleader at West Springfield High School, volunteered to mentor Northern Virginia Special Olympics members who wanted to form a cheerleading team. Their first performance was held Friday, Jan. 11, during halftime of the girls' basketball game at WSHS. Corn, front, with Samantha Cully (left) and Sarah Draznin.

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Special Olympics “Cheer Team” wows crowd with high-energy performance.

Like many girls, Jacquelyn Hoffmeier of Burke always wanted to be a cheerleader. The 25-year-old, born with Down Syndrome, finally got her chance to perform on Friday, Jan. 11. Hoffmeier, along with seven of her Special Olympics teammates, cheered and danced before a crowd of nearly 200 parents and students during halftime at the West Springfield High School girls’ basketball game.


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