By: Ciera Johnson
The Fort Mill High School cheerleaders have been working together since April to reach their one major goal; that is to make it to the state championships. They practice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and then also have a football/basketball game every Friday night. That is not the end of the week for them though; throughout the months of September-December they have competitions on almost all of their Saturdays on top of everything else.
Normal practices consist of tumbling, aerial stunts, cheers, dancing and also conditioning. “In order to be a FMHS cheerleader you must be dedicated,” junior Sarah Stalions says. Although some people consider cheerleading to not be a “real” sport, when you look at everything they do, it truly is a sport just like football or basketball. They only go out to perform on the mat for two and half minutes, but it consists of constant movement. One cheerleader stated that if you are not in good physical condition then it will be really hard to complete the routine.
The captains of this year’s cheerleading squad are seniors Logan O’boyle and Sierra Amaya. “They really know what they’re doing and really help us out a lot to reach our goals.” Stalions stated. They lead the cheerleaders every time they head out on the mat in order to reach their major goal of reaching state.
The cheerleaders have had 5 competitions already and have placed in all of them. It is now time for them to take on the major challenge they have been practicing all year for; placing in the state championships. State will take place on Saturday, November 19th 2011 at the Greenville Bi-Lo center and the cheerleaders will perform just after 1:00 p.m. The competition will be aired on the internet at the cheerleading state website, so everyone is able to watch, even if you are not able to make it to the actual thing.
The cheerleaders would truly appreciate the support since this is the biggest competition that they will be competing in, so if you can make it out there this weekend then you should go! The cheerleaders work really hard all year to cheer on other teams, including the football and basketball teams, so it is now time to cheer them on! The girls are sure to makeFortMillproud no matter how the scores come out because they have jacket pride and work their hardest at all times.