Not so. Not so.
Young Mr. Kirkendall needs to do a bit of fact checking prior to going to print. Just because something happened before his time doesn’t mean it never happened!
I read with interest a few weeks ago about the Nestucca graduates who went on to pursue sports in college and was amazing that it was reportedly the first time in history – not so. Caleb Slavens, class of 2002, went on to compete at the college level in Cross Country at Florida Institute of Technology, advancing to the regional competition level all four years while achieving an engineering degree (I am pretty sure he is not the only one. Just the only one I have the facts on.)
Then last week, there was a lengthy article touting “the first male cheerleader from Nestucca.” Not so. Once again, Caleb Slavens, class of 2002, was a cheerleader for basketball while also wrestling as he was a dual sport athlete his entire senior year. (Just in case you decide that too, has never been done.)
Again, there may have been others. His brother Tucker, class of 2000, while not officially a cheerleader, wore the mascot costume and assisted the cheerleaders with difficult maneuvers.
Kudos to all the Nestucca students who are doing great things! (Just not for the first time ever.)
Editor’s note: The Headlight-Herald did not report the Nestucca graduates competing collegiately were the first ever; we used the word “rare.” Officials with Nestucca provided the information regarding the cheerleaders.