The cheerleaders’ season is coming to an end as the basketball season starts to end as well. This year, the cheerleaders have performed new cheers and stunts that they’ve never done before. They all have different opinions on this year’s season.
When all the cheerleaders were asked how they felt about their season ending, they all said that they were upset about it. However, they also said they were happy because it was a good and eventful year for them, especially since, for the first time in New Haven, a male cheerleader joined the cheer squad-- sophomore Bernabe Ribera.
The girls were asked how they felt about having a male cheerleader for the first time, and junior Megan Boehmer responded with, “I was overjoyed! Lots of males do not think they can do it. Although, when we got our first male cheerleader, I was so happy! It was a very big joy to have him participate with us!”
The cheerleaders were asked what their favorite moment during cheer was, and Lexi Oetterer, junior, said, “One time in practice we were going over one of the floor cheers, and Diana stands in front of me. Well, while we were doing the cheer, Diana just froze while the rest of us finished the cheer. Then, at the end, Diana just looked around really confused.”
Junior Mikayla Maloney responded with, “My favorite moment was when I was doing the splits at practice and my shoe flew off, and we were all trying to be serious but the team ending up bursting in laughter.”
Bernabe Ribera said, “My favorite moment was when we performed our ‘Stomp It’ cheer. The crowd loved seeing something new.”
Many of the cheerleaders had different things that they will never forget. Like Megan Boehmer, who said, “I would never forget the first game. Every year I look forward [to] our first game that we cheer at. This is because we have a new team for the new year.”
Mikayla was questioned on what’s the most important thing about cheer, and she stated, “To not stop trying-- if you keep messing up on a cheer, just believe in yourself and keep trying.”
Megan was also asked the same question, and she responded with, “My most important thing is the team. Without all of the lovely ladies and our one gentleman, then we wouldn't have a team. I care so much about our team. I don't think about us just being a cheer team, but I see us as more of a family.”
Great work, cheerleaders! Great job at cheering on our basketball players in their games, and for hyping up the crowd to join. Thank you for showing great teamwork as well when performing!