Cheer comes back stronger than ever after covid strikes.

Cheerleaders get the crowd pumped up at the welcome back assembly from the 2019-2020 school year.

Briley Anderson

Cheerleaders get the crowd pumped up at the welcome back assembly from the 2019-2020 school year.

Taylor Mahaffey

This year’s coaches are Jessica Gallop, Stacy Orr, Jordi Howell, and Cristi Watson.

“There are no starters for the team because we go out on stage as a team,” Butler and Abbey Mecham say.

Mecham also informs us that Emma Shrade and Piper Evans are the team captains this year. Their roles are to keep the team in order.

“How they got this position is because the team voted and they had more votes,” Mecham says.

According to Butler and Mecham, there is no win-loss record because while they take part in competitions, no one keeps score.

“Covid shut down the schools and now everyone gets to make new friends on the team and there isn’t any drama,” Mecham says.

This season differs from last year because in 2020, they couldn’t compete. “Covid shut down the schools and now everyone gets to make new friends on the team and there isn’t any drama,” Mecham says.

“The most memorable moment so far this season was at state when we ran towards the stage along with the crowd,” Mecham says.

Butler’s most memorable moment however was when the team won state “because we worked really hard to win it and gave it our all.”

The coaches have made a habit of pushing the team as hard as they can to be the best they can be, as well as focusing on what each individual girl needs to improve.

“A lot of good cheerleaders lose their passion for cheer because it’s either not for them anymore or it gets harder,” Stacey Orr says.

“I feel like we met most of our goals as a team because we made state, and just gave it our all,” says Butler.

“We have incoming freshmen, so we are doing tryouts,” Orr says, adding that in order to win state they have to work harder because it is a month before this coming up season so they will have less practice time to work on their routine.