High Ponies

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    Jill Wigand of Jasper, right, led a pom-pom dance group that included second-graders Mackenzie Wagner, left, Anna Sermersheim, Haley Collins and Kylene Danzer during the first meeting of this year’s High Ponies program Tuesday evening at Cabby O’Neill Gymnasium in Jasper. Wigand, a Jasper Middle School health teacher who has coached dance and cheerleading, began leading the free clinic focused on self-esteem and life lessons last year. This year’s program will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday through April 29. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Aanias Jackson of Jasper, 5, was helped with a backbend by Jasper High School senior Alexis Lilly during this year’s first High Ponies session Tuesday evening at the Cabby O’Neil Gymnasium in Jasper. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Addison Willis of Jasper, left and Anna Sermersheim of Ireland used their poms to handclap with Mackenzie Wagner of Ireland, front right, and Kate Jerger of Jasper, not pictured, during this year’s first High Ponies session Tuesday evening at the Cabby O’Neil Gymnasium in Jasper. All are age 8. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Jill Wigand, bottom center, led girls in the first meeting of the High Ponies program Tuesday evening at Cabby O’Neill Gym in Jasper. Wigan leads the clinic with the help of high school and middle school cheer and dance team members who volunteer their time. About 200 girls in kindergarten through fifth grade attended Tuesday’s session. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Jasper High School junior Vanessa Hickman, 17, left, looked back while dancing with Allie Schnarr, 9, Corbyn Decker, 9, and Taylor Beuchlein, 8, all of Jasper, during this year’s first High Ponies session Tuesday evening at the Cabby O’Neil Gymnasium in Jasper. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Girls danced during this year’s first High Ponies session Tuesday evening at the Cabby O’Neil Gymnasium in Jasper. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Ashley Soni, 8, left, Brooklyn Anders, 7, and Micah Young, 7, sang “Apples on a Stick,” with their pom-poms on Tuesday during this year’s first High Ponies session Tuesday evening at the Cabby O’Neil Gymnasium in Jasper. Heather Rousseau/The Herald