Cheering squad hopes to impress

(Danielle Borkowski) Cheer team members excite the crowd at a home game. Cheerleaders feel unappreciated by the student body, despite the hours they dedicate to practice.
(Danielle Borkowski) Cheer team members excite the crowd at a home game. Cheerleaders feel unappreciated by the student body, despite the hours they dedicate to practice.

Many students in Cheerleading Club are excited about the start of the season, which started with a performance at the Messwood football game on September 12.

“My favorite part of being on the team is showing school spirit and getting out there,” said Olivia Blacks, freshman.

The three captains of the club are Jayla Walker, Baily Walters, sophomores, and Satiya Purvis, senior.

“You have to keep track of the cheerleaders and make sure they’re doing the right thing … Being a captain can be stressful at times [but] it is fun and I like being a leader for our team and school,” Walker said.

This year, the cheerleaders decided to be a club instead of an official sport. Although they do the same thing, they have more money to use on other things, such as new uniforms.

The cheerleaders have practice multiple times a week, and they put in many hours of effort and hard work.

Despite this, many cheerleaders feel underrepresented.

“People need to respect the cheerleaders more; they make it seem like we’re like a bunch of nobodies … They act like they don’t care and don’t pay attention. Some people say our cheers are stupid and bad, and it’s kind of bogus because we put in a lot of effort to make those,” Black said.

For spirit week, Cheerleading Club will be in the parade, where they will lead the crowd through a series of cheers. They will also perform a special surprise dance at the homecoming football game on September 26, during halftime.

This is the first year that they are a coed club, with the inclusion of a boy, Joel Acevedo, sophomore.

“You get to be loud, and I like being loud,” Blacks said.

The club is working on making more cheers this year to improve school spirit and motivate the football and basketball players.

Cheerleaders are not required to cheer for both sports, although it is encouraged. Some cheerleaders only choose to do one: either football, which is more popular, or basketball, which is later in the year.

The cheerleading club is hosting and teaching a camp for young cheerleaders to learn and improve their cheering skills.

by Mira Soldon

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