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August 26, 1992 | JEFF PRUGH
Twenty-five Canyon High School cheerleaders, whose team was the subject of a bitter dispute that led to a lawsuit by a former coach, will compete in the National Cheerleading Assn. championships Dec. 27-30 in Dallas, faculty adviser Julia Howelman said Monday. It is the first time the school has won the right to compete in the nationals since it was founded in 1969, she said.
October 23, 1990 | TOM McQUEENEY
A Woodbridge High School senior dismissed from the cheerleading squad after failing chemistry has sued the school district over its "no F" policy. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court, claims that the Irvine Unified School District's policy discriminates against girls because it applies to cheerleaders but not football or baseball players.
May 1, 1991 | MIKE DOWNEY
Not long ago, I heard a lovely story about a young lady from Michigan who represented her high school at a national cheerleading competition, even though she has only one foot. It reminded me that cheerleaders often have to do something extraordinary or be truly exceptional to gain any positive public attention, even though hundreds of thousands of these girls--and boys--have been doing their best on behalf of scholastic athletics for as long as most of us can remember.
March 10, 1992 | HENRY CHU
A Canoga Park High School cheerleading team has won a state championship for the second consecutive year. The co-ed squad, going toe to toe against 25 other teams from around California, won the crown during the final round of competition in the 13th annual California State High School Cheerleading Championships, held Saturday at Magic Mountain. "I knew they could do it and I knew our routine was strong enough to do it," said coach Carolyn Purkey, a physical education teacher.
October 8, 1994 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND
Attorneys for the state Department of Education say that the Newport-Mesa Unified School District broke the law by charging cheerleaders more than $1,000 for uniforms, transportation and coaching staff. In a letter to the mother of a former cheerleader, who is suing the district for requiring her daughter to pay to be on the squad, General Counsel Roger D. Wolfertz wrote that the fees were "not only incredibly stiff but totally illegal."
A former Canyon Country high school teacher whose selection of cheerleading captains set off protests by parents filed a damage claim against the school district this week, saying she was wrongfully dismissed.
September 20, 1990 | LUCY CHABOT
Five days and countless media interviews after she was benched from the Dana Hills High School pep squad because of a haircut her coach thought was inappropriate, Amy Apodaca was reinstated Wednesday when school district officials realized they didn't have a legal leg to stand on. With her curly brown locks hanging loose, Apodaca's hair looks like almost any other young woman's.
March 29, 1995
A Compton man was arrested Tuesday in the execution-style slaying of a Dorsey High School cheerleader, Los Angeles police said. Deon Lemore Holt, 27, was booked on suspicion of murder in the Oct. 29 shooting death of Anitra Jolie Watson, 17, said Lt. Sergio Robleto of the South Bureau Homicide Division.
September 5, 1991 | From Associated Press
A jury on Wednesday sentenced a suburban homemaker to 15 years in prison and fined her $10,000 for trying to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's rival for a place on the school cheerleading squad. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of life in prison, the maximum penalty, for Wanda Holloway, 37, of Channelview, Tex., who on Tuesday was convicted of soliciting a murder. Hours before she was sentenced, Holloway begged the jurors for mercy.
March 31, 1992 | AARON CURTISS
A year after losing the national championship by one point, the Canoga Park High School cheerleading team has been named the best squad in the United States, the squad's coach said Monday. The 18-member team beat 18 other squads from around the country at the cheerleading championships Saturday at UC Irvine, coach Carolyn Purkey said. The co-ed team won the state title two weeks ago at Magic Mountain, its third state victory in four years.
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