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Five Shepard cheerleaders named to All-Academic team

Shepard High School cheerleaders Alex Joiner (left) Ashley Buksearned selectiAll-State team based their performances recent IHSA meet Springfield.  |

Shepard High School cheerleaders Alex Joiner (left) and Ashley Buksa earned selection to the All-State team based on their performances at the recent IHSA meet in Springfield. | Supplied photo

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The varsity cheerleaders from Shepard High School placed second in the Co-Ed Division earlier this month at the IHSA invitational in Springfield, according to a press release from Community High School District 218.

Alex Joiner and Ashley Buksa were selected to the All-State team. This squad will cheer in June in Peoria for the IHSA All-State boys basketball team, the release said.

Buksa placed second among the state scholarship finalists and earned the second-highest financial award of $3,000 to the college of her choice, according to District 218.

Five senior cheerleaders were honored as state scholar-athletes: Buksa, Joiner, Becca Bruesch, Melissa Kelly and Jackie O’Leary. Criteria included having a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0, the release said.

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