On April 17th, New Haven High School had their cheerleading tryouts for eighth graders through eleventh graders to try out for the upcoming season next year. The newcomers were put in a group with a veteran cheerleader to show them the cheers that they were going to perform in front of the judges. The group had to perform four cheers in total, which were “Dribble it”, “T-A-K-E”, “Stand up”, and “More power to the hour.”
The group had to perform these cheers and also had to come up with new movements for the “T-A-K-E” chant. They had to perform the “More power to the hour” chant by themselves as well. After, they did any jumps they could do, along with any tumbling, like cartwheels, splits, or backbends.
When asked how they felt while practicing the cheers, junior Grace Soete said, “I was teaching the cheers to the people trying out so I felt some pressure to make sure they were prepared.”
Others felt nervous about having to remember the cheers and having to perform the cheers in front of the judges.
The students were then questioned on why they wanted to try out, and eighth grader Keegan Wiedemann stated, “To prove that cheer is not just a girls’ sport. Also, to be like my role model who is the only boy on the cheer team from the last season.”
Eighth grader Ryan Stutzman replied with, “I'm a really positive person and I'm loud.”
Lexi Oetterer, junior, was asked along with others what her favorite moment was, and she said, “We were all watching Diana do the extra tumbling, and she decided to do the splits. When she sat on the ground in the splits position, all of a sudden you hear her say, ‘I can't believe I did it!’”
Miranda Durbin, junior, said her favorite moment was “Ava's round-off back-handspring!”
Diana Ribera stated that her favorite moment was being able to watch another male student try out. She was excited that more boys want to do something different in the school.
All the students that made the team were Megan Boehmer, Miranda Durbin, Audrey Ford, Mikayla Maloney, Elsie McNabb, Lexi Oetterer, Diana Ribera, Bernabe Ribera, Grace Soete, Ryan Stutzman, Miranda Yarbrough, and Ava Vandergriff.
Congratulations to all the cheerleaders that made it! Good luck on next year’s season!