Texans News
12.14.2011 - [Cheerleading]
Victoria VanZandt, Kristen Strawn, & Erika Cueva present a check to Sharon Vaughan (2nd from left)
Victoria VanZandt, Kristen Strawn, & Erika Cueva present a check to Sharon Vaughan (2nd from left)
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LEVELLAND, Texas - Each year, the South Plains College Texan cheerleaders adopt a service project in an attempt to make a positive impact on the local community of Hockley County. This year, the squad chose to raise money for the Hockley County Child Welfare Board by selling raffle tickets for an Apple iPad 2. Selling tickets for much of the fall, the cheerleaders earned $1,000 and presented a check to Sharon Vaughan Monday night at their Christmas party in the Texan Dome.

Vaughan, who currently serves as a supervisor for Child Protection Services and has worked for CPS for more than 20 years, was very appreciative of the gesture and said the money will meet the needs of many children in the form of Christmas gifts and clothing. Most of the children are in foster care and have been abused or neglected.

"South Plains College all is near and dear to my heart," says Vaughan, whose father, Earl Gersternberger, was a vice-president at the college for many years. "There is no way we could provide the services we do without the support of the many local organizations, and South Plains College always comes through with help and support. The SPC cheerleaders did a great job with their service project, and we are very grateful for the donation and the work they put into this."

In her 13th season directing the SPC cheerleaders, Linda McCulloch was very pleased of what her girls accomplished.

"I am very proud of the hard work and effort the cheerleaders put into this endeavor," McCulloch said. "I think it is a very worthy cause, and I am glad they chose this as their service project."

Brittney Ford, a sophomore from Roswell, N.M., was honored for selling the most tickets of the group. Ford sold more than 600 raffle tickets.

The drawing took place on December 9, and the winner was Alicia Morin. Morin works for the Brownfield Independent School District and purchased the winning ticket from cheerleader Kelsey Pittman, a freshman from Brownfield.

DaniJo Quisenberry, Alicia Morin, Kelsey Pittman