By Caitlin Cottrell
In recent years, the WCHS cheer program has grown in a variety of ways including a new coach, new uniforms, new members, and a new perspective. The cheerleaders have earned lots of respect from their fellow students by being very competitive in competitions. The past two years, the cheerleaders have placed 2nd at Regionals and have advanced to States which is held at the Charleston Civic Center. The team also placed 3rd at LKC’s last year.
These accomplishments have led to a more established program which caused it grow and obtain more girls this year. There are a total of seven new members on the team which gives them a total of seventeen cheerleaders on the squad.
People only typically see cheerleaders at football games on the sidelines when they are cheering on the football team and don’t realize that there is a lot more work put into cheerleading than just yelling chants at the games. The cheerleaders have already started to practice their competition routine and are hoping to make it to States once again. It is crucial that they nail their Regional routine because that is their only chance at getting to move onto States.
When asked how she thought competition would go this year, four year veteran, Taylor Deuley, replied, “I believe that we have a very good chance of making it to States, and possibly winning our Regionals. Our routine is coming along nicely, and the newest members of the team are picking it up quickly.”
Even though most of the team prefers competition cheerleading to sideline cheerleading, they still put a valiant effort into cheering on our beloved football boys under the Friday night lights. Many hours of practice are spent learning new cheers to send the boys of fall to victory. Senior newcomer Emily Pelfrey says when asked about sideline cheerleading, “I think it’s fun. I like to motivate the players and crowd to get into the game. I really get into it, especially when the band plays.”
Our WCHS cheerleaders deserve credit for all that they do, and we wish them luck in their competitions!