Updated: 04/25/2014 10:47 AM
Created: 04/24/2014 9:22 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
On a school night, a half dozen Hermantown high school cheerleaders are doing exactly what they love, cheering and making signs.
"Whatever we can do to get it back, that's all I want, is to be able to cheer again," said junior cheerleader Molly Eng.
Typically, they'd be making signs for the basketball, hockey, or football teams, but instead they are making the signs for their own team.
After more than 60 years of cheering on the Hawks, this team is hoping the community will return the support by coming to the school board meeting next Monday.
Last week, the board approved to cut their funding.
"I cried, I was so sad," said junior Courtney Martin. "It's one of my favorite of sports and it's sad to see anything go."
High School principal John Muenich said the cuts were a group decision and group process. The school board asked the administration to cut $250,000. The cheer program was budgeted $2,500.
It's not so much about the money, Muenich said, but that the coach was resigning and the numbers were declining.
The girls disagree.
"It's the biggest team we've ever had. It's at 19 girls," said sophomore Maddy Scott.
They said cheer is growing, and they already have a new coach lined up. They're staying positive.
"It's my first year cheering and I really love it," said Eng.
Muenich said the board only approved the funding cut, not to cut the program. The girls, however, are fighting to be reinstated, whether school-funded or self-funded, they just want to cheer.
The girls have an online petition with over 700 signatures. The petition can be found here.
The school board meets Monday at 6:00 p.m.
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