Cheerleading has helped me grow as a person, and has helped me become more confident in myself. I could never imagine my life without the sport of cheerleading. Cheer has taught me not only determination, but how to balance everything, from school to managing high grades. I decided to join my first allstar cheerleading team, at Midwest Cheer Elite, in 2012. When I first joined, I based on a youth level 2 team, and with the help of my coaches and supportive athletes, I was able to fly on a senior 5 team, my last year.
Due to intense five-hour weekend practices and other improvements, we have reached new grounds this year. For the first time in sixteen years, our school's team was able to advance to the third round of the regional Mock Trial competition. Although Mock Trial requires a huge amount of work and dedication, the final result is well worth it. After spending many hours with the team, I can confidently assert that everyone supports each other. After all, unity is
It is incredible how much upper body strength some of the stunts really do need. I now have cheered for over 7 years and I will never go back to anything else." Teams must be in top shape, especially in competitive cheer to preform perfectly and make sure it's all safe, not to mention the amounts of cardio they must go through to stay in shape (Lewis). Wrapping things up, cheer is harder than meets the eye. But many people don't realize that's the point, if you didn't look at the girls and say, "I could do that" then it's not done well enough.
During the four years that you are in high school, almost everyone will come in contact with extremely joyful and great experiences as well as a few confusing and lousy ones. I, of course, encountered both. One experience in particular that has had a lasting effect on me is my participation as both a competitive cheerleader and sideline football cheerleader during the first three years of high school. To give some backstory, I was a competitive gymnast for seven years. Once I got to high school, I discovered we did not have a gymnastics team, but my high school did have a competitive cheer team where I could tumble and compete (two things which I love) at the same time.
Furthermore, around the time of me finding out my parents were divorcing, I was informed the amazing news of me becoming captain of the Selma High School Cheerleading Squad. Of course I was ecstatic, I attained one of my many achievements in life. In my perspective I was the greatest captain I could have ever been, I produced cheers, dances, and etc., did them on time, and also I created a bond between a group of girls that could never be destroyed. Unfortunately, dealing with responsibilities as captain and also going through things at home was a bit overwhelming. I came to practices and performances with
I feel one of my most challenging experiences was when I joined the varsity girls basketball team for my school. My love for basketball, my self-reflection, and my health were all challenged during that first year on the team. I had been playing basketball for my entire life and had grown to love it. I was probably not the best player on the team, but I always put 110% into each and every game. I was MVP and a captain on my eight-grade team, but once I joined the varsity team I fell to the bottom of the ladder.
Cheerleading Tryouts We had cheerleading tryouts at the end of last year. It was one of the most stressful times of my life. One of my biggest dreams was to become a cheerleader. Before cheerleading began I had more free time, played other sports, and spent more time with my family. During the week of tryouts we practiced right after school from 3:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.
The first round is what took us out but we should of made it. The overall winners, weren 't in our group so we could not watch them like how we wanted to. We did get to go see small varsity tumbling which was amazing and the people that won are four year champs.
When I joined the wrestling team in grade nine, I had no idea that it would be one of the best decisions I have ever made throughout high school. It is a sport that I fell in love with from the moment I stepped on the matt for my first practice. Being the smallest and only grade nine to join the team that year was very intimidating. However, after my first practice, I was no longer overwhelmed by the group of 15-20 wrestlers because they became my family. Our coach is a strong believer that in order to be successful as a team, it is important to support each other like a family.
My most favorite memory as a Indian Springs Cheerleader was our first home game in the new stadium It was very intense and it was a very long day, it was my very first time cheering at a game in like years so I was scared and nervous, I don’t watch football much so I didn’t know what was happening on the field but later on in the game I got the hang of it. This was great because I got to cheer with great team that night and hope that I get to do it again . Another favorite moment was the Pep Rally, it was my first time performing in the rally and I never thought I would be able to do something so cool. I think the whole team was nervous, but we still went out there and did our best. Another memorable moment that I had from being a cheerleader was, basketball season it was very intense to see and cheer at the basketball games.
ILHS varsity cheer coach Erin McConnell said that although they will not be competing this year, she’s looking forward to growing her squad’s talent, the reputation of the program and encouraging the girls to be good role models in the community. Staying busy hosting their annual youth cheer camp, ILHS varsity squad is focused on doing their best for football season and helping the youth learn “big girl cheers.” “With a few great tumblers this year, we’re working on stunts to keep the crowd involved and increase school spirit,” McConnell said. ILHS cheer squad: Claire Chapman, Macy Chassereau, Kayla Custer, Lauren Cvitkovic, Chandler Gladu, Crystal Johnson, Cassidy Kraft, Amber Lennox, Caitlyn Loughry, Jada Penn, Baylee Rowland, Joey Sorce and Sara
Although this experience was not a pleasant one, I learned a lot about how to deal with people and what it means to be a leader. Through my experiences in leadership positions, I have learned many lessons. I have learned when to ask people for help, when I could not get the person in my group to corporate or at least not cause problems I went to my band director and counselor and we made an action plan do that she was please and felt like she was contributing. I have learned when to take a stand and do what I know is right. And I have learned that small actions can make a big impact and even change the