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.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Last week, Tanner announced that he will not be coaching the cheerleading team next year. Having him as a cheer coach for the last three was great. He is one of the best coaches I'll ever have. I'm very upset that he will not be returning for many reasons. One being that it's my senior year, a new coach means it's a learning year. So it's almost as if we all feel like freshmen again. I'm very nervous to see who the new coach will be. I don't know if anyone will give as much to the cheerleading program that tanner has. The past five years that he has been coach this program has been a success. As a cheerleader we have worked to hard to see this program fall. Hopefully the next coach can hold the program together.

Monday, February 29, 2016

I have a huge choice to make within my cheerleading career. I have to decide if I want to cheer in college or not. If I choose to cheer it will factor in where I go to school. If I choose to cheer I will try out for the university of Kentucky. If I don't I have no idea what I will do with my life. I'm undecided because, how much farther can I really go? I mean I'm not an all star cheerleader so there isn't really much left. Plus if I cheer in college I will have to be at school a lot more. I don't know if I want to do that. I really enjoy being with my family and friends and if I cheer I won't get that time. But if I cheer I come make something of it.

Monday, February 22, 2016

This week is the last week of the 2015 - 2016 cheerleading season. This Friday is senior night. This is truly bittersweet. I can't believe my junior year cheer season is over, and that next year will be my last year. But, I also can't believe I made it through the cheer season without my best friend. Cheering this season without Johnna was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Cheerleading was the sport that brought us together. Our freshman year, we both made the team and it was one of the greatest things. Without cheerleading I wouldn't have had the opportunity's I have. I have gotten to cheer at many events such as, a Cardinals game, a U of I game, and many other great things. The best thing that has come out of this sport throughout my high school career, is my best friend.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cheering at a basketball game is one of the most fun and boring things you can do as a cheerleader. Sometimes the games are interesting and exciting and other times they are not. While cheering at a game you as a cheerleader you are in charge of keeping the crowd fired up. We as Paris cheerleaders cheer start with the school song at the end of the JV basketball game. Then with the band we do pre game. This consists of stunting, waving, and jumping. At five mintues to the start of varsity, we get ready to do starting line up. Which is normally just a lib line connecting arms with flyers. After starting line up we go to the sidelines and cheer until half time. During half time we have to do the school song again. Until two mintues when we have to go back and cheer again.

Monday, February 8, 2016

My future goal is to become a cheerleader at the university of Kentucky.  U.K. Has the best cheerleading team in the country. From cheering at basketball games to competitions these athletes slay the sport of cheerleading. The U.K. Cheerleading team is divided into two separate teams. A white squad and a blue squad. The blue squad is like the varsity. The white squad is like the junior varsity. Former Paris High School cheerleader, Drake Wiseman is a successful member of the white squad. The Kentucky Wildcats just recently won their twenty first national championship. Which is the highest number of national champions for a school to hold.

Monday, February 1, 2016

As the cheerleading season comes to an end, and there becomes more last times, you learn to hug your team a little tighter and enjoy the last few practices. This week is a bitter sweet week for my team and I. We are going to state! For the third year in a row I get the privilege to go compete in Bloomington with the best teams in the state. There is truly no other feeling. Sadly, this is the last week we have together of the competition season. We have three more practices together. Then, it will all be over, another season has ended. Over this past cheerleading season, we have had some of the best and some of the headrest times for our team. From drama and fighting because we spend so much time together, to winning sectionals, it has been an amazing year.

Monday, January 25, 2016

This week is sectionals week for every competitive cheer team in the state of Illinois. This means that there are five high schools that are chosen to host a sectional. All the other teams are divided equally by the location of their town to go and compete. This is the competition everyone has been working hard for. If you make top five in your sectional you qualify for state. State is hosted in Bloomington every year at the U. S. Cellular Collisuim. The state competition is broke ln down into two days. To make day one your team is the top five in your sectional. Meaning you are at least one of the top 25 teams in the state.  To make it to day two of state your team has to make the top ten on day one. Then you would compete on day two and hopefully make top three.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Over the weekend, the Paris cheerleading team went to Traid High School and competed in their hardest competition of the season. We left the old school parking lot at 5:45 in the morning, the arrived in Troy at about 8:00. When we walked in, we checked in, then were taken to our room. While we walked down the hallway to the room we walked past Breese Central. They have been the state champions for the past two years. You could cut the tension with a knife. In the room, we finished applying makeup and put our shoes on while Tanner and Heather went to the coaches meeting. When they returned, we went and watched Breese central preform, they did well. They finished with only two deductions. One stunt fell and one tumbling touch down. Then, we went to warm ups. First you stretch, then you warm up tumbling, then jumps, then stunts. By that time we needed to move to the next mat and run a full out. Full outs in cheerleading are awful and take everything out of you. After we ran the full out we stood in line with two other teams for our turn to compete. When it was our turn, Angus said, " hit one three" then we all yelled," 1,2,3 hit!" Just like normal. We went out waving and smiling to the crowd. The nerves are super high at this point. The announcer said," paris you may now take the floor." My team and I went out and slayed our routine better than ever.  It was one of the best feelings in the world. We sat in the bleachers and watched all the medium teams perform, then large.  Then, it was time for awards. They called third place, Breese
Central, second place Carterville, then first PARIS. We did it. We beat the state champions!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

In the sport of cheerleading, there are many important aspects. To be a cheerleader, you need good jumps, good tumbling, good stunting skills, and good spirit. To me, the best part of cheerleading is stunting.  I enjoy stunting because people throw me really high in the air, I hit a body position that looks really cool. It's awesome because most people can't do that kind of stuff, like a chin chin. Cheerleading makes you unique. Tumbling is my second favorite part because how many other people can throw eight standing back tucks in a row on gym floor at a basketball game. Jumping is every cheerleaders worst nightmare. I think this school has a great cheer team that has a lot of talent and spirt for our sports.  From cheering for our football team, boys and girls basketball, to encouraging our teams to do their best is what cheerleading is all about.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

There are four different types of cheer leading. There is all star cheer leading, academic cheer leading, and pro cheer leading. All star cheer leading is strictly competitive cheer leading. All star cheerleaders are normally associated with a gym that teaches tumbling, gymnastics and cheer leading. Academic cheer leading is cheering for a school, no competitions, just game cheering. They are associated with a school and their main focus is cheering for other sports and raising school spirit. Pro cheer leading is just like every other sport that is pro. They cheer for the NBA and NFL. In the cheer world they are not considered as real cheerleaders, they are move dancers or entertainers. The last type is recreational cheer leading. This type you sign up and coaches teach you the basics of cheer leading. Most cheer leaders begin here.