allowed to participate.
After listening to the girls Monday, Vossen said he will announce this
afternoon how many girls will earn coveted spots on the school's two
As the decision nears, Vossen continues to incur the wrath of many
cheerleaders and some parents who charge him with repeatedly reneging on
his word -- the latest instance being his change of heart in not letting
the cheerleaders vote on who should be on the squad after he reportedly
said he would.
"I'm outraged. He's a liar," said Sherry Blake, whose daughter, Erin,
made the original varsity team.
For the past month, the 16 hopeful cheerleaders have been dangling
while Vossen vacillates between keeping all the girls who tried out on
the team and only allowing the girls who made it the first time to
The cheerleading saga started in late November, when the cheerleading
rosters were posted and allegations spread about judging inconsistencies.
Cheer coach Lisa Callahan, who has taught the girls their jumps and
splits for the past 13 years, said she witnessed irregularities in the
judging that distorted the final results. She also blames cheer advisor
Jennifer Cilderman for altering the final scores by providing her input,
which Callahan says the cheer advisor is not supposed to do.
Vossen agreed with Callahan -- as did Assistant Supt. Jaime
Castellanos -- that the best resolution would be to let all the girls who
tried out be on the team. He then sent out a letter saying so on Dec. 12.
Some parents of the girls who made the original cut complained to the
district that the school had to abide by the rules in the cheerleading
handbook, which states that all judging decisions are final. Parents and
students signed a contract agreeing to the judges' decision before the
The complaint set in motion an ad hoc committee that recommended
holding a second set of tryouts for the girls who didn't make it the
first time to fill two new spots on the varsity squad and two on the
junior varsity squad.
But on Dec. 21, when Vossen announced this suggestion to the parents