She already had conquered hip-hop class and was a good wrestler, so Lilly DeHart decided to become a cheerleader, too.
DeHart, a seventh-grader at Indian Creek Middle School, has Down syndrome. She joined the school’s cheerleading squad this year and has quickly become one of its most energetic members, her teammates say.
Growing up, DeHart, 13, watched her older sister perform at competitive cheerleading events, dance shows and gymnastics meets. Through elementary school, she didn’t like the loud music, big crowds and flashing lights. But something changed over the past year, and she began to love attending her sister’s cheer events. She had started to enjoy dance — especially hip-hop — and appreciated watching the different routines and moves, her mother Beth DeHart said.