Monday, May 2, 2016

Over the past 7 years of being a cheerleader I have met many new people and many new things. I leave learned that when you think something is hard, it will get harder. In the end hard work pays off many not immediately but it will. It has taught me how to be a leader not a follower. I have learned how to be a good example because there are always younger girls and people watching you. It has taught me that you can't do everything alone. You need others help some times and that's okay.  I have learned how to stand up for something I believe in whole heartedly and not listen to the negative comments from everyone else. I have learned that when you and other people have the same dream, you work hard, crazy things can happen. Also very importantly I have learned time management because, trying to mange school, games, competitions, practices, sleep, and a social life is very hard work. These all some how will come together to help me in life.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Personally, I do not think cheerleader get enough credit for all they do. They are consistently fighting for people to believe with them that it is a sport. While, cheering at games on Friday nights, practices everyday after school, and trying to keep up with school. Also, in some cases the cheerleaders are the. Leader of the school. They are the people everyone looks at from other schools. That meaning, they should keep a good reputation. Little children also look up to them. So as a cheerleader it is very important to keep up with school, be responsible, and make good choices. Being a cheerleader is one of the most important things to me. Therefore, it keeps me from making some choices that may not be so great.  It's truly my passion and never leaves when other things and people do.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Over the weekend, the University of Kentucky had their stunting clinic. There are many very talented girls and boys that attend these clinics. Many, have future goals to attend the UK and cheer so just for fun. Last fall I went to the clinic and learned many new skills and improved. These clinics are strictly tumbling and stunting. They try any stunt you would be willing to try also. Everyone is separated into groups and you are timed at each group of cheerleaders. Also another important thing that takes place is if you are a senior, the Kentucky cheerleaders watch you and write down notes. If they think you are good enough you can get a bid to try out for their team for the following season. You have to have a bid to tryout for their team. Their try out process is extremely intense and difficult to make. But if you have the skills and the talent to be great at something, go big or go home.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

On Friday we had cheerleading tryout I get to cheer with my best friend for our senior year on varsity.   I'm very excited for this up coming season. The variety team consists of Kacie, Angus, Sierra, Madison, Maddie, Sydney, Olivia, Abby, Savannah, Jill, Johnna. I am also very excited I get a senior night this year. Although, it is very weird not having tanner and Heather as a coach. The judges for tryouts were Mrs. mcfateridge, Stephane Moody, and Kelc Fuqua. Everyone did every well. There are also 10 junior varsity team members. Over the year we will go to many camps, cheer at many games and, go to many competitions. Including some as far away in Chicago. I can't wait to see what this season brings for all of us and how much everyone grows. In my final year of high school.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

First, you're in the back watching all the teams warm up. Then it's you teams turn. First, you stretch, then jumps, then tumbling, then stunts. You see all the other teams watching and you try to show off a little bit. Finally you are next. Your emotions are going crazy, you're happy but your sad. You're excited but your nervous. You grab hands in a circle for your last team pep talk, which always leaves you almost in tears. You're team prays. Then you find your self standing in line behind this big curtain, thinking of how blessed you are to be a part of their cheerleading careers. You walk through the curtain and the lights hit you. You can't see anything but you can hear everyone screaming and cheering your name. (Cheerleading competitions are so weird cheerleaders cheering for cheerleading lol what?) Finally the anncouncer says, "paris you may take the floor. " At this point you can't feel your body. But then the music starts and everything goes away, you hit everyone motion, stunt, and tumbling pass. Then it's all over, you just hit a perfect routine. Your laying on the mat hugging your team yes and crying because of what you just did. Then reality hits you the smiles turn to tears. You find yourself never wanting to leave that mat. The feeling of a state final cheer competition just can't be put into words.

Monday, March 21, 2016

I miss cheerleading so much. During the season I wanted nothing to do with it but now that it is over I miss it so much. Thankfully, open gyms for the 2016- 2017 season start tonight. Unfortunately, Tanner will not be coaching, but our new cheer coach will be Pia Twigg. I am very excited for her she has done great things with the Crestwood cheerleading team. I am also very thankful because she knows what she is talking about and is a former cheerleader of Tanners. Tryouts are always a tough time though, because everyone is nervous and stressed out, plus there are several rumors that begin around this time. I am looking forward to a great season and final season as a Paris cheerleader. I will truly miss this sport more than anything when it is gone. I am more than ready to be thrown into the air.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Last Thursday we had our awards banquet. This was the very last thing I had to do for the 2015-2016 season. I can't believe next time it will be my senior year. This year I received the toughest cheerleader award. Which goes along with one of the most important things I've learned this season. No matter how many times a stunt falls or a tumbling pass doesn't hit, if you never give up you will eventually get it. Over the season I've struggled with many stunts but every practice my group threw it over and over again until we got it. Over the season I also went through some pretty hard times which seem little to very one else, and over the time cheerleading became my escape. It allowed me to not think about what was going on and just be thrown in the air doing what I loved. Now I have no idea what I will do without it.