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On Nov. 18 and 19, the Doane Cheer and Dance teams held a recruitment event on Doane’s campus. Incoming and current students were given the opportunity to practice with the current squads and showcase their skills to Coaches Ashley Lyon and Alexis Determan. In total, 20 students attended the recruiting event (eight current and 12 incoming students). 

“It can be very intimidating to walk into a setting where you don't know what to expect. Maybe you don't know anyone else or if you have the ability to do the task. I commend anyone who is willing to put themselves through a process like this, so we were very happy with the turnout,” Lyon said. 

Lyon is optimistic about the future of both teams. The current team is also excited about the incoming teammates. Lyon said both teams have done well with creating a welcoming environment that accepts everyone. 

With the prioritization process putting pressure on both teams, Lyon said she believes this recruiting event helped build a sense of security by increasing the amount of incoming students interested in dance and cheer compared to other years.

“Hopefully, they could see themselves here at our university and make a commitment to us for next year to help reach this goal,” Lyon said. 

Lyon said the teams will be accepting video auditions over the break for anyone who would still like to be considered. Lyon encouraged students to act urgently, as the competition season is just around the corner. 

“It’s our hope that we do so well this competition season that we can’t go unnoticed and gain enough recognition to remain a permanent program here at the university,” Lyon said. 

If students are still interested in joining dance or cheer, they can contact a current member or Coach Ashley Lyon at ashley.lyon@doane.edu for more information.