Monday, May 2, 2016

Officially Over

My year as an all star cheerleader has officially ended. As this is the end of an amazing year, I am excited to start my season for high school cheer. This past year there have been many ups and downs. My team went through injuries, causing us to not have our full original team until the last competition. We learned what it feels like to lose first place by .1 and .3. We realized how great it feels to put hours upon hours of work all for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. We realized that you can't focus on winning until you focus on hitting. We were taught that "It is what it is" and you can't always win. This past year, has been a learning experience I will hold onto dearly. I was taught that cheerleading isn't all about winning. It is about putting your whole heart and working as hard as you can to do what you love. Cheerleading is about focusing on what you have to do and putting 110% into doing that. This was an awesome year and I am sad to say goodbye to my WVTG cheer family.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Why All Star Cheer? continued

As I mentioned before, I didn't know what I would do without cheer. On of my friends, Kacie, texted me and said that I should try all-star cheer in Terre Haute. She sent me a link to the gym she had cheered at before. I did a lot of research and asked my parents if we could just go see the gym. They were happy that I wanted to do this. We made an appointment and I tried out for a team. I was selected to be on the Senior Co-Ed Level 4 team. This was a big step for me. I had been very sad and didn't want to do anything. Now I finally got cheer back into my life. This was the beginning of an experience I will never forget.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Why All Star Cheer?

I realized that I have never mentioned why I am doing all star cheer this year. I have been a cheerleader my entire life. From Tiger Power, to middle school cheer, and even high school, cheer has been a huge part of my life. I cheered on the high school team my freshman and sophomore year. When I tried out for my junior year, I went into tryouts with very little worries. My jumps were high, I had good tumbling, and my stunting was also good. I remember the day of tryouts, Carson and I went to the Marshall DQ to get the "5 buck lunch." When we finished eating, we were walking out to the car and Carson told me the list was up. Of course, I had to see right then if I had made the team. I got in the drivers seat, unlocked my phone, and saw the list. My heart sank, my name was not on the list. I thought that it must have been a mistake.I had worked extremely hard my entire life to be a high school cheerleader. I cried, a ton, in that parking lot. I thought my life was over. I didn't know what I would do without cheer.

Monday, April 11, 2016

US Finals

This past weekend was my last competition of the season. It was US Finals. US Finals is a competition for "the best in the US." We got a gold paid bid to this comp at the beginning of our season. My team did amazing. We hit a zero deduction routine. This means that we did everything perfect with no mistakes. Our score ended up being a 92.40. We were against 7 other teams in our division. When it was time for awards, they announced the placings up to forth. Then they went to the next division. Our name was not called, meaning that we were in the top three. Once it was time for our divisions top three, we got in a circle holding hands. We told each other that no matter our placing, we should be proud. We had a season full of sickness and injuries, making it very stressful. There we were, standing on that stage with the lights on us, knowing we were in the top three of the US. We ended up getting 2nd place and I couldn't be any happier. We put out the best performance of the season. I am going to miss being a Rebel.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sitting Out

This last week at cheer, I have been sitting out. I am not able to participate in practice because of my knee problems. I am very sad because I am not sure if I will be able to compete in my last competition on April 10. This competition is US Finals and my team worked very hard to get a gold bid to be able to go. I might go and cheer the team on if I am not able to compete. It will just depend on whether or not my parents want to drive to Indy. I am not sure if they will want to go since I'm not competing. It would essentially waste gas and money to drive there. I really hope that I get released so I can compete with them. Whether I compete or not, I wish all of the WVTG Rebels teams good luck!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Indy LIVE Day 2

On Day 2 of Indy LIVE, I had to wake up at 4:00 a.m. to leave for Indy by 5:00. We arrived at the Convention Center a little after 7:00. I had around 30 minutes to do my hair and makeup. Once I was done with that, I went to our team room. I stretched out and put Icy Hot on my knees. Then, I went through the Senior 3 dance. I did this to make sure I remembered all of my new spots. We went to the warm up room around 8 and then performed. Our coaches said that it was the best performance that Senior 3 has performed all year. I loved filling in on that team. I had about 30 minutes until Senior 4 went on so I sat in our team room until we had to meet our coach. We also had a great performance. I am going to miss this team so much.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Indy LIVE Saturday

On Saturday, it was Day 1 of Indy LIVE. I woke up at 8:00 a.m. to start getting ready. We left at 10:00 to go to Indy. When we arrived, we went to our teams room. At these competitions, our gym pays for a room for our families and us to sit in when we don't want to be in the competition arena. This was the day that the special needs team performed. We met with our two girls and stretched out with them. Once it was time to go to warmups, we walked to the room and warmed up their stunts and practiced their tumbling. We then went over their routine and got a drink of water. After this we went to the "Team Loading" area and waited for their turn to perform. Once they announced "Wabash Valley Pride", we got to walk down a red carpet and go to the stage. The girls did great! After the performance, they got trophy's and to sit in the Leader Lounge. I am going to miss helping out with this so much when the season is over!