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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 - 47 Two Lewes Middle School students bridge the gender gap By Jen Ellingsworth thought they were just kidding, Besides Moyer and Hecht, the If you think cheerleading is all about pompons and ponytails, you'd better take a seat on the sidelines and think again. Lewes Middle School 'eighth graders Forrest Moyer and Sean Hecht don't have either of those things, yet they can deliver a spir- ited cheer like nobody's business. The two young men recently tried out and made the cut for their school's cheerleading squad, earning them their own blue and gold Viking uniforms and a spot in Lewes Middle School history. Coaches Delores Gue and Roberta Lukach said the squad's first-ever male members are suit- ed just fine for the job. "For them to just come out and be so determined is very impres- sive," said Lukach. "At first, we m Briefly Partnership Continued from page 46 tives together with faculty and ad- ministrators to develop curricu- lum and programming that will best serve the academic communi- ty while preparing students for productive employment. In addition to the industry ap- proved curriculum, the partner- ships with Microsoft and Novell will have other benefits for Delaware Tech. The computer in- formation systems technology de- partment will have the opportuni- ty to purchase state-of-the-art software at a discount price and instructors will have access to training as it becomes available on new programs. Expanding opportunities O'Day said that the partnership is another example of the pioneer- ing efforts of Delaware Tech in the field of education for jobs in the microcomputer industry. Since 1967, he said, the Sussex campus has selectively added mi- crocomputer programs; the school offered the first microcomputer programming degree in the state. Dr. Calvin Lewis of Sylvan Pro- metric congratulated Delaware Tech on forging the educational- technological partnership. He said that the direct teacher-to-student- based type of education that is stressed at community colleges builds an excellent foundation for the student and the community as a whole. "I have been taught, I learned, and I have been certified in com- munity college," Lewis said. "You get your money's worth in community college." He said that Sylvan is projecting ever increasing, expanding fea- tures of the partnership with their testing division. He said the satel- lite teaching-testing programs will lead to marketability, as students become certified and enter the job market. He said the types of Sylvan cer- tification exams offered at Delaware Tech will be determined and then we realized they were se- rious." Moyer and Hecht both said they hear comments from their peers about their decision to cheer, but that they enjoy the spirited sport and find it challenging. "It doesn't matter what people say," said Moyer. "If you go through life feeling horrible about what people say, what kind of life would that be?" Both young men said they have girlfriends who, although at first startled at their involvement in a predominantly-female activity, are very supportive, they said. Moyer and Hecht said that their parents are supportive, too. "My parents are like, 'If you want to do it, go for it,'" said Moyer. by student and other applicant de- mand. The exams will not be re- stricted to those for computer fields. O'Day said as the partnership with Sylvan progresses, additional preparatory courses will be of- fered by the Division of Corporate and Community Programs for those who wish to pursue licen- sure, certification or assessment in various areas. He said a new "state-of-the-art" testing center is in the works for Delaware Tech Owens campus, and all tests available through Syl- van Prometric will be available to the campus. For information on microcom- puter networking programs and other computer-information-sys- tems technology programs, call O'Day, 855-1682; for information on the Prometric Testing Center, call Joyce Heflin, 865-5400, Ext. 208. Lewes Middle School cheerlead- ing squad is composed of 14 fe- male members from the seventh and eighth grades. Other mem- bers of the squad said it took time adjusting to the fact that Moyer and Hecht weren't typical cheer- leaders, but that they enjoy having the two guys on their side. "It's weird because they're boys," said Tina Gue, co-captain of the squad. "But I think it's cool." The squad cheers at all field hockey, soccer and football home games. Coaches Gue and Lukach, both former cheerleaders them- selves, said the Lewes Middle School squad's repertoire includes a score of cheers and chants, such as rousing numbers like the 'Hel- lo' cheer and "People, Are You Motivated?" While its female members wear sweaters and skirts, Moyer and Hecht are outfitted with nylon sweatsuit-type suits emblazoned with letters that spell "Cape." While male cheerleaders are quite prevalent on the college lev- el, Lukach said it is unusual and refreshing to see guys take an in- terest at such a young age. "I think that it's really nice," she said. "I think that once they [other male students] have seen that these two have broken the ice, others will follow." Besides Moyer, Hecht and Gue, other members of the 1997 Le. wes Middle School cheerleading squad include Maria Cindana, Carrie Daniel, Jessica Mohr, Jes- sica Forte, Susie Talbot, Elizabeth Curtis, Ashley Richter, Katy Phle- gar, Rosanne Murray, Shanna Biessel, Crissy Delcampo (co- captain), Kim Watson and Krystal Woodyard. ii!il :i :.'5im  . : : ": Jen EIIingsworth photo Eighth graders Forrest Moyer (left) and Sean Hecht are cheerleaders at Lewes Middle School. AAUW Seaford chapter to meet with Georgetown The American Associa.tion of University Women, Georgetown branch, will hold a cluster meeting with the Seaford branch on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Flag- ship Restaurant, Route 13 in Seaford. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. The cost is $15.50. Following the dinner, Chris Henderson will speak on the topic of "Preventing Teenage Pregnancy." Guests and new members are welcome. For more information, call Rose Snider at 539-791 I. Brittingham receives computer recognition Ken Brittingham, superinten- dent of schools in McFarland, Wis., and the son of Gladys Brit- tingham of Milton, was one of two Wisconsin educators who re- ceived national recognition for Ken Brittingham receives recognition. their efforts in the advancement of the use of computer-based career systems. Brittingham has facilitat- ed school and community-wide adoption of the Wisconsin Career Information System, and encour- aged the integration of "Career Visions" and Career Ways" into the regular school curriculum. Brittingham was cited for his ef- forts at the annual conference of the Association of Computer- Based Systems for Career Infor- mation in Daytona, Fla,. this past January. LET'S PLAY GOLF/ Sunday, October 12, 1-5 p.m. $3.00 game at Shell We Golf Come for an afternoon of fun! We'll have prizes and snacks will be available. Sponsored by SHELL WE GOLF Route 1, Rehoboth Call the YMCA for more information. 227-8018 All proceeds benefit the YMCA Campaign for Kids.