Cheerleading can be one of those activities that is often overlooked and rarely get the credit it deserves, however area squads are trying to change that stereotype.
Currently, the Elsberry High School Cheer squad has eight of the hardest working girls anyone will ever meet with Cararose King, Madison Steen, Hailey King, Jade Cooper, Gracy Mahurin, Jordan Cyr, Brylie King and Melody Hall.
Recently the team competed at the 23rd Annual Clopton Tournament and for the seventh year in a row this squad captured the “Outstanding Cheer Squad”.
According to sponsor, Cari Braden, the team started the school year with 13 members and that number has dwindled to just eight members.
“It has been a rough year losing five people, but these eight girls have never stopped trying for me,” said Braden. “We have learned many new things and I don’t think people realize just how hard they work and they certainly don’t get the credit they deserve.”
Cheer squad members put a lot of time into practice and games, probably more than any school sport since they attend boys and girls games and of course every night during a tournament.
Not only are sponsors, Braden and Fay Mayes, bursting at the seams with pride, so is this year’s team captain, King.
King and her teammates knew that winning this year was going to be tough, because of some really good squads at the other competing schools.
“We all knew we had to work really hard, we stuck together, and we have overcome every challenge that has been thrown at us this year,” said King.
Next up for the squad is the cheer competition at the Bowling Green Tournament.