When most people think about cheerleaders, their first thoughts are likely of spirited, energetic teens. The Cedarcrest High School cheer squad fits that description, but people may not know about their dedication to their studies and high school involvement.
These girls not only spend eight-plus hours each week at cheer practices, they also balance their time with school commitments, clubs and activities like ASB, DECA, National Honor Society, Random Acts of Kindness and FFA.
Senior Kylie Leslie is a student representative to the Riverview School Board, active ASB participant, has taken seven honors classes, and carries a GPA of 3.91. She appreciates that cheerleading allows her to support CHS in many ways, and how the cheer team evokes a family-type atmosphere for those involved.
Junior Savannah Egger expressed appreciation for the endurance and confidence cheer created for her.
“Cheer challenges me to do my best, and has truly helped me to come out of my shell,” she said.
Junior Kenzie Nelson is a member of DECA and National Honor Society, and enjoys participating in the pre-game excitement, and how much support the team and her school receive from the stands. Nelson says she is in strong physical shape due to the continuous exercise (running, aerobic workouts) involved in her weekly cheer practices.
Other squad members are involved in equestrian training, scholarship competitions, sports medicine, dance and choreography.
Cheer coach Jackie Boak is proud of her squad.
“These girls exemplify what becoming a strong, and accomplished young woman looks like,” she said. “On a daily basis I watch them give their all to their training; I see their endurance improve and their confidence grow.”
We openly discuss the benefits of dealing with conflicts head on, showing respect and compassion for others in the process.”