I have never done cheer before so it was nerve-racking. I knew I was not going to make the team but I was just doing it for fun. Me and my friend was trying out for the team. I had to make my cheer chant to say when I go up in front of the judges. There was three 8th graders trying out.
The reason for this is almost 100 colleges in the US have gymnastics teams. Not only can you continue to do gymnastics and do what you love, you can even earn a helpful scholarship! As a result, if you go to college and get on the gymnastics team, you can make friends quickly because you have something in common with your teammates. Now if you take Simone Biles for instance, she trained so hard in gymnastics and got to go to the Olympics. Not only did she get to go to the Olympics, which is pretty dang hard to do, but she won 1st all around, floor, and vault!
I have had dance experience from the drill team and have been a member for four years. I am also in color guard, and have been for three years. Out of those three years we have gotten two Division 1’s. My junior year in high school I was the captain of the team and we got best color guard. My senior year I did not try out because of my busy schedule, but i regret not making more time for it.
Due to my involvement in numerous extra-curricular activities, I have been able to greatly improve my leadership abilities. Throughout by six years in cheerleading, I have learned how to be a good representation of my school by doing what was right, even if I was doing it alone. At the beginning of my senior year, I was proclaimed as captain of the Varsity squad. With this position, I have worked to represent both my squad and my school by making the tough decisions and keeping spirit alive. To me, being a cheerleader meant being a leader first and cheering second.
All I ever wanted to do was be out on the field and become the best player I could be. Once high school started, I was scared that all of my hard work wasn’t going to be enough, so it made me work even harder. My goal was to become a starting varsity
I never wanted to or even thought about Color Guard until the summer when my parents made me come to band camp; even then I didn’t want to do it. At that time, I would have rather been a dancer than a Color Guard member. Color Guard was actually my last choice. (Even though I really had no choice.) As a result of , That I tried out for the team and made it, I ended up learning that Color Guard wasn’t the easiest and it can be a little tricky to get a hang of , but once you got it ,you know it for good, it’s sort of like learning how to ride a bike).
Ever since middle school sports have always been an interest of mine. When choosing my high school the sports that were offered was one of the many things that I took into consideration. I signed up for cheer during high school orientation. At the first practice, It was a new experience for majority of the girls; we had no prior experience. As time went on, our skills increased.
This time, all the schools in Los Angeles were in the competition. I was the only sixth grader chosen to go there, and it was a big honor to me. I also didn’t want to make my coaches and parents disappointed. I was chosen to represent two of my competitions, Hovercraft and Scrambler which are my engineering classes. While waiting for my competitions to start, I practiced with my coaches and thought to myself, “I can do this, I can do this, I can do this,” hopefully trying to increase my confidence.
However, my director had confidence that I had the ability to motivate the team to be better, to organize them and their performance, and to unite us as a team. Sure enough, with a lot of help from my mother and my director, I was able to lead the team through the season, ending with us winning 1st place at championships. Through that experience I learned a lot about what it means to be a leader.
It seemed as though Pattonville had so many sports that I did not know about. I never really played a sport but one and it was always something that I wanted to do. I asked, what sport could I play and succeed in. At the end of my freshman year I tried out for the cheerleading team. Being on the cheering leading team I made a total different crowd of friends.
Jordan Ashford would describe herself as determined, outgoing, athletic, artistic and family oriented. Academics are extremely important to Jordan; she has won many awards recognizing her for her grades and achievements, such as her induction into Spanish Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society. Setting her goal of having a 4.0 gpa all four years of high school has allowed her to maintain a 3.9 gpa in her past two years of high school. Jordan started sports at the age of four; she did competitive cheerleading for seven years and middle school cheerleading for two years. Following this, she began taking gymnastics lessons and was then asked to join a competitive gymnastics team, which she did for 2 years.
If you want to know the value of a second, ask a hopeful right before sign drop. Drill team girls from all over Texas and even out of state have high hopes of becoming part of the future line of The Kilgore College Rangerettes. Every year the competition gets tougher and the girls hoping for a spot on the prestigious drill team are becoming more competitive and stronger dancers. I was one of these girls who decided to take a chance and endure a week long audition and hope to see my tryout number on the sign in Dodson Auditorium on July 17, 2015. Unfortunately, I was not one of the girls chosen for the 76th line of Rangerettes.