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Cassidy Kuhn helps guide competitive cheering Allen Park to ‘perfect’ season – The News Herald


“Bittersweet,” Cassidy Kuhn said.

While there were smiles, tears, high-fives and hugs all over the carpet at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids on a Saturday morning in March, Kuhn did his best to seize it all and cherish the moment. His Allen Park team had just won their third straight MHSAA Division 2 competitive cheering title – and once again they rose to the occasion to defeat some incredible teams.

Photo courtesy of Tina Johnson – LaSchons Lens

Allen Park senior Cassidy Kuhn recently wrapped up his competitive high school cheer career with a third straight state title. (Photo courtesy of Tina Johnson – LaSchons Lens)

But Kuhn was quickly beginning to realize during the crazy party that it was all over.

Bittersweet, indeed.

“It’s hard to find words to describe what it was like to win the state championship,” Kuhn said. “When our name was last said, I was immediately overwhelmed with so much joy and excitement. The whole experience was so bittersweet, as this was my final year of cheering on Jag I felt extremely proud of every member of the team and was beyond thrilled to have had this experience with them.

Like his senior comrades, this was Kuhn’s third straight state title. This one was special, though.

“This season was pretty perfect, for lack of a better word, compared to previous years,” she said, finding the perfect word. “We have been really lucky with minimal injuries and everyone has done their part to stay healthy throughout the season. It was so rewarding to finish the season on top, especially for my last year.

Kuhn, a team captain, said the competition in the United States was “fierce.” So what did the Jaguars do well to propel them to the top and to the top spot?

“We did exactly what we had to do to get the job done,” she said.

They did exactly what the Allen Park incentive program usually does, and Kuhn credits much of the success to being prepared and delivering when it’s time to deliver.

“The Allen Park incentive program has been so successful for a number of reasons – one being the amazing coaches,” she said. “Allen Park’s coaching staff is truly second to none. The importance of hard work, dedication and humility is instilled in AP cheerleaders from an early age. This program is, without a doubt, built on tradition.

Kuhn, of course, pays tribute to longtime head coach Julie Goodwin.

“She’s really the glue that holds this program together, and she’s worked tirelessly alongside our other coaches to bring the AP to where it is today,” Kuhn said.

And Goodwin is full of praise for Kuhn, a four-year starter and three-round starter for the past three seasons.

“Cass is an incredible athlete and young woman,” she said. “She has an impressive work ethic, is highly respected by her peers and has phenomenal leadership skills. She has been an absolute pleasure to coach and I will truly miss her.

Kuhn said she first became interested in joy when she was very young. She would go to her older brother’s junior football games and watch the cheerleaders on the sidelines.

“I knew right away I wanted to clap and I couldn’t wait to be old enough,” she said. “When I started cheering on the youth soccer program in our city and got to experience competing against other cheer teams, I quickly realized that I loved the competitive side of the sport. as well as the encouragement on the touchline.”

Cassidy, 17, is the daughter of Natalie and Bill Kuhn. She has a GPA of 4,122 (ranked 10th in her class) and is also a member of the National Honors Society and Link Crew. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her dog Milo, and of course exercising and fitness.

Photo courtesy of Tina Johnson – LaSchons Lens

Cassidy Kuhn knew from an early age that she wanted to cheer. She then helped guide the Allen Park Jaguars to three consecutive state titles. (Photo courtesy of Tina Johnson – LaSchons Lens)

Although she hasn’t made a final decision on college, she has decided that she wants to continue cheering. “Whether it’s to encourage competition or on the sidelines, I’m not sure, but I know I’m not ready to give up the sport just yet,” she said. “I am very interested in pursuing a career in health and science.”

Wherever she goes, she will have many special moments to remember from her high school days.

“The memories I’ve made with my teammates over the past four years are certain that I will cherish forever,” she said. “The wins were great, but nothing compares to the bonds I’ve created with my teammates and my coaches. To have been able to experience so many wonderful moments with the people I hold so close to my heart is truly a blessing. I am beyond fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of the APCC for the past four years.