Most Valuable Cheerleader Emily Kaltenbach

July 1, 2010

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*First Runner Up: Cheerleader of the Year 2010*

Age:17
Squad: Clermont Northeastern High School Varsity; Pride Cheer Academy; Powerhouse Athletics Dance Team
Hometown: Owensville
Class Year: Senior
Position: Base
Job: Dance Coach at Midwest Elite Dance Center
Career Plans: Plans to become a speech/language pathologist

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An “All-Around Incredible” Leader

By Kristy Conlin

When Emily Kaltenbach graduates from Clermont Northeastern High School in June, she’ll have almost enough college credit for an associate’s degree.

That’s because Kaltenbach, just now turning 17, has been taking college classes at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont campus for the past few years — in addition to regular high school classes, working part-time and occasionally volunteering. Throughout all that, she’s also managed to lead her cheerleading squads with impressive tumbling skills and a contagiously energetic attitude.

“All around as a cheerleader, she’s incredible,” says CNHS cheer coach Jennifer Buxton. “She’s a natural born leader.”

Sure, she has accomplished a lot. But Kaltenbach approaches it all with grace and ease – it’s as if she doesn’t realize she’s a bit of an overachiever; she doesn’t realize she’s special.

She’s been cheering, she says, since she was 3 years old, when she was a pee wee team mascot. Through the years, she has cheered and danced on various all-star teams, and she even took a trip to the International Cheer Union’s World Cheerleading Championships with the Powerhouse Athletics Rebels, an all-star program in Sharonville, in 2008. Her dance team placed third in their division that year. Kaltenbach says she came home from that trip with some of the sweetest memories of her life.

What she likes the best about cheerleading is the bonding with teammates; her squads feel like family to her, she says. She loves being a part of a team and she loves mentoring and helping others – traits that spill over into other parts of her life.

For example, Kaltenbach works at Midwest Elite Dance Center in Amelia, teaching children ages 3 to 12 ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical dance and hip hop.

“I love it. I’ve learned a lot about patience,” she says.

And this summer will be her second as a counselor at Kamp Dovetail in Hillsboro, a one-week sleep-away camp for special needs children. Volunteers like Kaltenbach are paired up with children, and the pairs spend the week swimming, fishing, playing, making arts and crafts. It’s a long, hard, challenging week, but she wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Her experience with Kamp Dovetail has also helped her to form her long-range plans for the future. Her eventual goal is to become a speech/language pathologist. She’s already given plenty of thought to where she might go to college: Right now she’s thinking University of Tennessee. She’s done the research and knows they offer a solid program for her desired major.

“And they have a good cheer program, too,” she says with a smile.

This year, Kaltenbach will continue to dance for the Powerhouse Athletics Rebels, and she also enrolled with the Pride Cheer Academy in Erlanger, a program that focuses on preparing high school cheerleaders for college by attending clinics at schools around the region.

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Billy McPartland July 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Thats my girl, Congrads on your MVC Emily, you deserve it! : )

Sean Kievman July 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

Great job Emily!

ScouLk November 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

About this i can say that True blue will never stain.

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