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Local Thurston Spirit Squad: 'Go out there and be brave, and just stand up for your school' (Updated) Thurston Spirit Squad: 'Go out there and be brave, and just stand up for your school' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
When the Spirit Squad performs at Thurston High School, everyone is on their feet.

Students are singing along, clapping their hands. Labels dissapear, and the school becomes one.

The Spirit Squad started 4 years ago when a student, Heidi Brown, decided to put it together for her senior project.

The team is made up of special needs students coached by student leaders.
Sports 'Mama Blue' heading to Super Bowl after all, thanks to Seahawks (New) 'Mama Blue' heading to Super Bowl after all, thanks to Seahawks (Photo Gallery)
The Seahawks original cheerleader will get to see her hometown team play in Super Bowl XLIX after all. "Mama Blue" boarded a flight to Phoenix at about 5:15 a.m. Friday. It was a trip she almost didn't get to make.

Stick around #LiveOnKMTR after the Super Bowl for a special edition of NewsSource 16

Thurston Spirit Squad: 'Go out there and be brave, and just stand up for your school'

Thurston Spirit Squad: 'Go out there and be brave, and just stand up for your school' »Play Video
The students who participate stand a little taller.

When the Spirit Squad performs at Thurston High School, everyone is on their feet.

Students are singing along, clapping their hands. Labels dissapear, and the school becomes one.

The Spirit Squad started 4 years ago when a student, Heidi Brown, decided to put it together for her senior project.

The team is made up of special needs students coached by student leaders.


 

'Mama Blue' heading to Super Bowl after all, thanks to Seahawks

'Mama Blue' heading to Super Bowl after all, thanks to Seahawks
Patti Hammond, aka "Mama Blue," cheers for the Seahawks while waiting for her flight to leave for the Super Bowl in Phoenix.

The Seahawks original cheerleader will get to see her hometown team play in Super Bowl XLIX after all. "Mama Blue" boarded a flight to Phoenix at about 5:15 a.m. Friday. It was a trip she almost didn't get to make.

Stick around #LiveOnKMTR after the Super Bowl for a special edition of NewsSource 16

Telemarketer may have saved Oregon woman's life

Telemarketer may have saved Oregon woman's life »Play Video
A telemarketer making a sales call heard a woman hundreds of miles away being attacked. The victim didn't even know her phone had rung. The chilling call was recorded at the Las Vegas call center. And horrified workers there knew they had to help. Vanessa Murphy has the story.

Deadly crash on detour around deadly crash

Deadly crash on detour around deadly crash »Play Video
Two people died and a third person injured in a 3-vehicle crash on Highway 99 Thursday morning (left). One person later died in a crash on the detour route around the crash scene (right).

Two people died in a 3-vehicle crash on Highway 99 Thursday morning, and a third person died in a crash on the detour around the initial crash scene, state police said.

Super Bowl ads a golden opportunity for advertisers

Super Bowl ads a golden opportunity for advertisers »Play Video
It seems like everyone watches the super bowl -- whether they like football or not. The massive number of viewers is a golden opportunity for advertisers, if they can afford to get in on the action. CNN money's Cristina Alesci reports.

'It's my last year to make a difference, so that's what I'm going to try to do'

'It's my last year to make a difference, so that's what I'm going to try to do' »Play Video
Mason Green-Richards

While a lot of the spotlight at South Eugene High School is on Eli Lininger, Mason Green-Richards has been playing alongside Lininger for many years.

This season, the silent scorer has turned into a vocal leader on and off the court.

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