FOREST CITY | The fall cheerleaders at Forest City High School play a dual role.

They not only perform at football games, but also participate in competitions.

Cheerleading captains Madison Kleveland and Emily Sichanthongthip enjoy both roles.

"The energy from the crowd, especially at home games, is super-cool," Kleveland said.

Sichanthongthip said she likes to cheer on the players "whether they are winning or losing."

"We try to get the crowd involved," she added.

This year the Indians will not be competing in the Nov. 4 Iowa Cheerleading Championships because it's on the same date at the Forest City High School musical, in which a lot of the cheerleaders are involved.

"We are trying new competitions this year," Kleveland said.

At the end of October they are going to a cheerleading clinic in Charles City.

The also are competing in the Iowa Showdown on Nov. 19 in Des Moines. Kleveland said they have heard good things about this competition.

Kleveland said what she likes about competition is the stunts. She noted they have the opportunity to do some things there that they don't do at football games.

They also have time to improve their routine before competition because it is later in the year, she added.

Sichanthongthip said she likes "how close you get as a team" during competition.

"We have to trust each other," Kleveland said.

Sichanthongthip said her big goal for the squad this season is to keep a positive attitude.

Kleveland wants to help the younger squad members to be successful.

"We just want to improve throughout the season," she said.