February 20, 2018

Purdue cheerleading team, PSG visit Indiana Statehouse

Purdue cheerleading team at the Statehouse Purdue cheerleading team with State Rep. Sally Siegrist. (Photo provided) Download image

Two groups of Purdue students on Feb. 12 visited the Indiana Statehouse to meet with state legislators. The Purdue cheerleading team was recognized for its first national championship win, and members of Purdue Student Government met with lawmakers as part of the group's annual Statehouse visit.

State Rep. Sally Siegrist honored the Purdue cheerleading team with a House resolution recognizing its national title. The Purdue cheerleading team placed first out of 18 schools Jan. 12-14 in the Division I small co-ed category at the Universal Cheerleaders Association College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Florida.

“Through persistence, hard work and dedication, these cheerleaders outperformed others on a national level,” Siegrist said. “Our community is proud of the team’s accomplishment and excited to see the national title belong to the best university in the state.” 

Purdue Student Government members at the Statehouse Members of Purdue Student Government with state representatives Sheila Klinker and Sally Siegrist. Download image

Under the direction of head coach Steve Solberg, the Boilermakers scored a 90.3 out of 100 on their finals routine. Four members have been chosen to represent Purdue on the United States National Team in April at the International Cheerleading Union World Championship.

Also on Feb. 12, about 20 members of Purdue Student Government met with legislators and staff, including Siegrist, Rep. Sheila Klinker and Sen. Ron Alting, to thank them for their continued support of higher education and to share their college experiences.

"Our goal in this trip was to foster relationships with Indiana General Assembly members," says Sam Eschker, PSG president. "We hope to use these contacts to author legislation for the next legislative session."

During their tour of the Statehouse, the students learned more about the legislative process and watched floor debate. They also heard about the role of lobbyists and other advocates, and about the executive and judicial branches.

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