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Penn State Cheerleading

  • Selected students will receive an email from our office tomorrow afternoon
  • The 2014-2015 PENN STATE CHEERLEADING team
  • Tryout placing from highest to lowest scores. The groupings are Guys, Large coed fliers, Small coed bases and back-spots, and small coed fliers. You are ranked according to your group. Top scorers listed first. New male candidates posted by tryout letter and first name, new female candidates posted by tryout number and first name, returning team members posted by full name.
  • GUYS: Mark Guerra, Mark Mandel, (L) Travis, Adam Collins, (O) Chris, (R) Michael, Michael Dank, Jake Defibaugh, (N) Jake, (U) Carl, Wesley Doe, (S) Brendon, (M) Steven, Matt Jones, Dutch Markward, Ryan Ruane
  • Large Coed Women: #48 Abby, #51 Erin, Kylie Tobasco, Tessa Konczylo, Brittany Barber, San Pham, Ashley Wertz, Mandy Livering, #77 Kaitlyn, Taylor Sekelsky, #50 Maddison, (Video tryout Marissa Cole)/ SMALL COED bases and back-spots: Kellie Long, Sarah McEnroe, Brianna Rauenzahn, Caitlin Clearie, Marilynn Zayan, Paige Gentry, Amanda Zigarovich, #55 Morgan, #68 Macy, #71 Alexa, Jordan Hinkle, Haley McClain-Hill, Mackenzie Marcks. SMALL COED fliers: #59 Maddie Miller, Karli Schott, #69 Lauren, #70 Allison, Holly Johnson, Megan Smith, # 28 Jordan, Maddie Goss


  • Participating in August tryout-Erika Borger, Chamberlyn Confer, Jared Hagerman. Tryout candidate (V) Cliff please contact our office at cheerleading@psu.edu

PENN STATE CHEERLEADING 2015 Tryout dates to be announced soon!!!

High school seniors may tryout. All tryout candidates must supply the following:

  • Proof of acceptance to the University Park campus of PENN STATE
  • Proof of a physical within the past 6 months of the tryout date and sickle cell testing. These are a recent update. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Current health insurance policy and group number along with a photocopy of your health insurance card.

If you can't attend the April dates you may tryout by video. In the video tryouts (for Cheerleading only, not mascot) you should include the following:

  • 1 cheer with a standing tumbling skill incorp.
  • 1 hip hop dance
  • Tumbling skills (running and standing)
  • Coed or all-girl partner stunting skills (All-girls candidates wear white t-shirt and blue shorts. We must identify you this way.)
  • Minimum 1 minute dialogue by tryout candidate describing him/her-self and why selecting Penn State.

The video must not be longer than 5 minutes. Do not show the same skill more than once. The video is due March 31, 2013.

All candidates submitting a video will be on a probation period, during the months of August and September, if you are accepted to be a member of PENN STATE CHEERLEADING.

In your video packet include proof of acceptance to the University Park campus of PENN STATE, proof of a physical within the past year and sickle cell testing, contact information and proof of insurance. Videos should be mailed to:

attn: cheerleading
105E White Building
University Park,PA 16802

Please read below for tryout requirements and information.

Penn State Cheerleading consists of a Coed Team and All-Girl Team.

Penn State cheerleading is one of the top programs in the country. Most tryout candidates are able to display outstanding cheerleading atheletic skills and the exceptional candidate must also have strong communication skills.

All women will need to wear a white hair-ribbon and men must be clean shaved with a conservative haircut.

Dress for the interview is professional.

Men Women
Gymnastics Some experience recommended. Standing back-tuck, standing backhandspring back-tuck Standing back-tuck, standing backhandspring back-tuck, roundoff handspring back-tuck
Stunting Ability Some experience recommended. Examples include toss stunts such as liberties, extensions, cupies, heel-stretches, etc. Coed and/or All-girl stunting recommended. Examples include liberties, heel-stretches, fulldowns, extensions, cupies, all-girl fullups, etc.
Interview Strong communication skills Strong communication skills
Other Proof of acceptance to the University Park campus of Penn State, health insurance information and proof of a physical within the past year Proof of acceptance to the University Park campus of Penn State, health insurance information and proof of a physical within the past year
***Candidates not able to perform the above skills may be considered if he/she shows exceptional ability in areas that will help improve our cheerleading program. These abilites include excellent stunting ability, strong interview skills, outstanding athletic ability, etc.
Each year, cheerleaders in their second year are eligible for the Dr. Allen Scholl Scholarhip ($1100.00). The scholarship is only awarded to current team members.
The Dr. Allen Scholl scholarship has awarded over $720,000 in the past eleven years. All Cheerleaders receive a textbook scholarship. Cheerleading apparel is covered by Penn State Intercollegiate athletics.
If chosen for the team, cheerleaders are required to fullfill their responsibilites as a representative for the Penn State University. Practice begins in early August. The season is complete by the first week of April. Cheerleaders must be willing to possibly give up their Fall, Spring, Winter and Holiday breaks to cover events scheduled by the coaching staff. Cheerleaders may also be asked to miss class to cover events. University excuses will be given for any missed class. Classes missed for cheerleading responsibilites rarely occur.
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