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No MTV "Made" for Park cheer team

Carrie Kringle (left) and Haley Sklenar, 10th-graders, just before school started Thursday morning. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)

Cheerleaders for the Park High School football team wanted a chance to be picked to be on "Made," a show on MTV, but Superintendent Mark Porter said that MTV would not be allowed in the school.

The show selects teens, or groups of teens, with lofty goals and helps them achieve their dreams by giving them coaching and other resources according to the Web site.

The cheerleaders hoped they would be chosen so they could get help, as a combined squad with soccer cheerleaders, to be a serious contender in the Edina Classic, a cheerleading competition, in February.

MTV representatives were allowed to meet with students including four of the cheerleaders, in the school two weeks ago, according to cheerleaders Carrie Kringle and Haley Sklenar, who were not among those interviewed.

After an interview, MTV -- a cable television network that offers music and reality shows -- told the cheerleaders that they wanted further interviews and to do some filming, according to Sklenar.

But Porter said there would be no further interviews or filming in the school.

Sklenar and Kringle, who are also equipment managers for the boys soccer team, said the cheerleaders might not have made it through further interviews to actually be on the television show, but they wanted a chance at it.

"We're very disappointed," Sklenar said. "It was a fabulous opportunity. We wanted the extra help for the competition."

Porter said that having parent's permission for filming the cheerleaders wouldn't be enough because other students might inadvertently be filmed.

Sklenar said MTV has the ability to blur the film so other students would not be identified.

"We've had experience with MTV before when they were at Woodbury High School last year," he said, and two or three other times.

Porter said he is skeptical of MTV's intentions, adding that the decision was his alone and that the refusal was not a school board decision.

If allowed to continue, MTV would be in the school for about five weeks and cause too much disruption, he said. The district would also have no control over the final product.

Other districts across the country are experiencing similar dilemmas with MTV's proposals requiring so much time in schools, Porter said.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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