About Us

We are the Johnsburg Jr Skyhawks Cheerleaders, JJSC

A nonprofit recreational cheer organization that endeavors to develop our youth and introduce them to the fundamentals of cheerleading while having fun and driving team spirit.  Our program is open to all children between 1st and 8th grades.

JJSC drives a sense of community through encouraging and supporting Johnsburg High School Cheerleaders to join the organization as coaches. Through this endeavor, we teach our Johnsburg Jr Skyhawks Cheerleaders the drive, determination and teamwork needed to develop and learn the sport while encouraging our high school coaches how to lead, give back and build future success for the community.

Practice & Game Schedule JJSC


The Johnsburg Jr Skyhawks Cheerleaders organization works to provide a positive atmosphere and interaction between JJSC athletes, Directors, Coaches and parents. This mission will ensure that all JJSC athletes benefit from participating in a unified cheer program while gaining skills to increase strength, excelthrough teamwork and build self-confidence. The JJSC program strives to achieve these goals while also encouraging athletes to have fun and meet new friends.

Founded in 2017, the Johnsburg Jr Skyhawks Cheerleaders (JJSC) Organization is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Sections 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, and is incorporated and registered in the State of Illinois. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The JJSC organization is governed by a Board of Directors and ran entirely by volunteers.

Christine Giovingo Director CPR/AED and CDC Certified

Christine Giovingo



Ashley Merkel

Ashley Merkel

Jennifer “Jaylee” Holbrook
Digital Marketing

Michelle Merwin Treasurer

Michelle Merwin

Kairsta Haubold Head Coach - Rec Team
Kairsta Haubold

Kairsta Haubold
Head Coach

I LOVE CHEERLEADING. I have cheered myself since I was 5 or 6 years old. Whether it be through recreational programs, school teams, or all-star/competitive programs, I’ve tried it all, AND LOVED IT ALL!  Usually the position I held on the team during stunting was backspot or a base. I prefer backspotting because they hold the power and the control over the stunt. Backspots give stability to the flyer as she adjusts her body positions and the bases adjust their grips, during a dismount or basket stunt the backspot controls the landing of the flyer, etc.

A little about me in High School; I graduated a semester early in January of 2017 from Johnsburg High School. During my 4 years there I was involved in MANY clubs and programs. I cheered on the JHS Varsity Cheer Team for 4 years, my junior year I was awarded most spirited, and senior year I was captain and awarded Most valuable Player. Additionally, I was involved in the JHS Drama Club for 4 years where I held the position of Costume Coordinator for 3 years. (Costume Coordinator gets to choose and create costumes for the actors.) Finally, I was an editor of the Johnsburg Weekly News for 3 years, part of the Link Crew program for 2 years, and awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for the Class of 2017.

Now that I’ve told you a little about my history, here’s what my life looks like outside of cheerleading today. I just turned 20 years old in April of 2019 (WHOOP WHOOP) I have a 1 ½ year old Pitbull named Daisy and she acts like my child. In August of 2017 on a trip to South Carolina with my long-term boyfriend Kody, he proposed! So, I am also happily engaged! I currently attend McHenry County College pursuing my Associates Degree, and I work part time as a nanny and receptionist. In my free time you’ll find me doing homework, reading poetry, or drawing!  My favorite color is yellow (my yellow crocs are my favorite shoes). I am obsessed with socks (you could consider me a collector).

William Shakespeare once said… “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” We all know our girls are fierce and fired up for the season, so lets make some memories! See you on the field.” – Coach Kat or Kairsta

Zoe Atchison Assistant Head Coach - Rec Team
Zoe Atchison

Zoe Atchison
Assistant Head Coach

“Hi I’m Coach Zoe, it’s nice to meet you! I am 19 years old and this is my first year as Assistant Head Coach and my first year with the JJSC program. I was on the varsity cheer squad in high school and I did Johnsburg cheer clinics my whole life! In high school I was a base in my stunt group. I loved catching my flyers as they twisted down from the air. I graduated from JHS in 2018 and since then I became a licensed Esthetician (that’s a fancy word for taking care of people’s skin).

Some fun facts about me are my favorite color is pink- if sparkles were considered a color they’d be my favorite too. I LOVE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and basically anything sweet. If I’m not at work I’m hanging out with my friends or playing with my many animals I have at home (6 dogs and a bunny to be exact). Football, cheer and tennis are my favorite sports to watch and to play! I am so looking forward to being your coach this season and getting to know you. Let me know if we have anything in common. Now let’s be loud and proud to be a JJSC cheerleader!!” – Cheers, Coach Zoe

Ashley Ahrens Jr Coach
Ashley Ahrens

Ashley Ahrens
Jr Coach

“Hi! Nice to meet you, I’m Coach Ashley! I’m super excited to be coaching you this year. This is my 2nd year coaching for JJSC, both years were for the blue team! I love coaching you guys, and it’s so cool because I was a cheerleader for the same kind of cheer team when I was your age. I’ve always been a backspot, even for my 2 years in high school cheer, because I’m so tall. 

I’m really enjoying school (I know someone who likes school, weird!) and I’m going to be a Junior. I’m in a lot of clubs after school, I’m my Class President, and I’m one of the people in charge of my Student Council and a Volunteer club. You know how at the start of the school day someone goes over the loudspeaker and says the pledge?

 I do that at the high school! In my free time I spend a lot of time with my friends and with my family. My friends love to watch our high school sports, like football, and hang out. In my family I have a younger brother and two dogs! My favorite color is pink because it’s on so many pretty flowers and sometimes you can see it when the sun sets! When I grow up I want to be a nurse for little kids, that way I get to help people. I’m so excited to get to know you better, and everything we have in common! Let’s go SKYHAWKS!” – From, A super excited Coach Ashley

Savannah Lorenz Jr Coach
Savannah Lorenz

Savannah Lorenz
Jr Coach

“Hi, I’m Savannah. I wanted to help coach with JJSC because I was apart of the first season, and it was so fun. It helped me learn all of the cheers for when I went into high school and join the high school cheer for football. I remember when I went to the kick-off meeting and the first practice, I didn’t know anyone. But by the end of the season I knew most of the girls that were on my team. The main reason that I wanted to join coaching was to help the girls become more open and meet new people and grow their friend group, also so they know all of the cheers for when they get to the high school and want to do the football cheer. When I got into high school, my plan was to do football cheer all four years but my Freshman year, I didn’t want to be so stressed to where I couldn’t keep my grades up. Then for my Sophomore year, I wanted to cheer more than anything, but I was too scared that I wouldn’t make the team. That led to me not doing cheer for next season. But when I’m a Junior, I’m going to push myself so I can do cheer for the last two years of my high school career.” – Coach Savannah