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Senior Reese Stalheim is excited to join the highly successful program next year

COURTESY PHOTO - Wilsonville High senior Reese Stalheim has committed to cheer for the California Baptist University team next year.

Wilsonville High School cheerleader Reese Stalheim already has conquered the high school cheerleading landscape, culminating with a 5A All-State individual title in 2019. Now, she is ready to take her talents to the next level.

Stalheim committed to California Baptist University on an athletic scholarship Sept. 1. Overall, she is excited to join a team that won its seventh straight national championship in 2019.

"I've just been watching them over the years and seeing the family they built, I really wanted to be a part of it," she said.

Stalheim has visited the CBU campus three times and said head coach Olivia Miller was nice and easy to talk to. In college, she's most excited to meet new people, make new friends and experience the team's winning atmosphere.

Stalheim has been cheerleading since she was 2 years old and said her greatest skill is her physical strength. She noted that the stunt group on her club team was the only team never to drop a teammate during competitions two years ago.

"I'm a very oddly strong person for a girl, so I'm pretty good at keeping my stunts in the air," she said.

The Wilsonville High senior also relished winning the individual title, in part because her sister, McKina Stalheim, had won it the year before. McKina currently is a member of the CBU team.

"I was proud to keep the Stalheim name in the title," she said.

Reese also competes for the Oregon Dream Team, which travels across the country for competitions. Right now, both her high school and club teams are limited in what they can do during the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter what happens this year, she has next year to look forward to.

"I'm excited and I'm thankful for everyone who has helped me get here, all my coaches, family and friends," Reese said

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