By Cynthia Segura
Learn about the school spirit professionals who bring energy and school pride to our sporting events and rallies and how you can become a cheerleader yourself.
GOOOOOOOOOOO FIREWOLVES!!!!!!! Cheerleading is an essential part of any high school experience. Boys and Girls from all grades tryout each year to see their chances of being part of the Cheer squad. It is a way to be involved in everything the school does. Cheerleading has been a part of every high school since the 1870’s. It started off as an all-male pep club and Thomas Peeble being the leader of the club. According to the website Varsity, “It wasn’t until 1923 that women were allowed to cheer for the first time, at the University of Minnesota.” Peeble’s first cheer chant says “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-U-Mah! Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Minn-e-so-tah!” where Princeton University and University of Minnesota’s football game. Later on, women on the team added tumbling and acrobats to their dance routines.
“Cheerleaders are the promoters of their schools and communities. They are a key marketing tool to the athletics programs that they support, and they create the community patriotism we call “school spirit.” exclaims Varsity Later Cheerleading became a very popular trend. Hollywood uses Cheer references in every high school movie film. Movies and T.V. Shows like ‘Bring it on’ and ‘Glee’ bring out the importance of a team and it’s spirit. Also, by pointing out how important it is in the college application process. “Colleges see you as a leader on campus,” says Nyree
“I‘ said: burr... it’s cold in here, there must be some Toros in the at-mos-phere….I said Oh-Ee-Oh-Ee-Oh… Ice! Ice! Ice!”
Cheer Tryouts are the key to being part of Samueli school spirit. Cheer Clinic and Tryouts are on June 11th from 8 am - 2 pm. The eligibility includes a packet, good grades, and participation in clinics/tryouts. Each clinic includes boys and girls learning a routine which are rigorous. This is also when the hard work and motivation kicks in. They have to memorize as much of it by the end of the day and then perform it. In the clinics, you also learn how to cheer, voice, facials, motions, dancing, and basic tricks. That is when coach Nyree takes notes on each girl and their abilities. Although she states “your attitude and motivation in the clinics and Tryouts is how I evaluate you.” One of the frequently asked questions includes experience, Nyree the coach of the Samueli Academy Cheer says “Your motivation, leadership, and dedication is all you need to get into cheer” says ex-cheerleader Alexandra G. Essentially these are the factors the coach look for in a boy/girl trying out.
“The girls/boys should have good grades, good attitude, and spirit.” excitingly says Nyree After her short break, she is back with a lot of new and spectacular ideas. Most importantly for the cheer squad next year and it’s big number of Seniors. “Freshman could be intimidated to try out, but It is great time for them to try out because I think it is really fun to be in Cheer for more than one year.” Nyree believes the best way to enjoy Cheer, is to be in it for more than one year. “That is really when you really start understanding what is going on, and it is really great to add to your college applications.” As coach Nyree explains in our interview, Cheer is more than it seems to be; it is a sport, volunteer work, and you are a leader on campus.
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