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'This spirit squad right here is what changed my life forever'

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - When the Spirit Squad performs for the school, the 1,500 students at Thurston High School cheer and give the squad their full attention, said James Underwood, a peer group instructor for the squad.

Heidi Brown created the squad 4 years as part of a school project.

"This spirit squad right here is what changed my life forever," she said at a recent performance.

Fast forward a few years later and the squad made up entirely of students with special needs is still going strong.

The team practices twice a week and performs at least 2 to 3 times per year at school events.

Meet the Thurston Spirit Squad #LiveOnKMTR on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m.

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