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Cheer team places sixth at districts

The cheer team practices its routine before performing (Photo by Jorge Garcia).

Jorge Garcia

January 13, 2017

With pom poms in their hands and red and black sequined bows in their hair, the cheerleaders feel anxious to perform. But before going onto the mat, they gather in a circle, join hands and bow their heads. They pray. "God we're not asking for much," senior Pearl Obioha said, "but we're asking you to...

Sole male cheerleader changes team’s dynamic

Discard Montesino holds the base of the Big Red flag, to get fans excited for the game.

Jacob Thornton

October 8, 2016

Under the Friday night lights, the football team is strapping on last minute gear, but on the sidelines, the cheer squad is firing up the crowd, but with a new addition: junior Dioscar Montesino. Montesino had never done cheer prior to this season. He said that “before gymnastics, [he] was between...

Chip in to cheer

Cheer Captain Dara Alligood cheers on the football team at the game against Durant.

Tegan Smith

September 15, 2016

Pom poms and tumbling mats do not come cheap. The fee for each of the 13 varsity cheerleaders is $844. The price also covers the cost of uniforms, practice clothes, shoes and camp. The main reason for this year’s steep fee was the five-day cheer camp at the University of Central Florida. The camp alone...

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