By Cailan Yu ’16
With lively smiles, girls show up in comfortable attire and Midwood gym uniforms, energetic and ready to cheer for the girls cheerleading tryouts.
The tryouts are open for all who want to join and will be taking place in the cafeteria after tenth period, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. At tryouts, experience with dancing is preferred by the judges but flexibility and twirling are taught if one makes the final cut.
“With experience, try outs are easier because you pick up steps faster,” said Page Monet ’16. “A lot of former steppers and dancers are on the squad.”
The judges look for positive attitudes, smiles, and dedication, which are an essential part to cheerleading. Also, the ability to work together and compromise when difficulties come up are crucial.
After the tryouts, cuts are made which require an additional cheer or dance to determine the final results. Then, the callbacks are announced the next week by the cheer board.
Cheerleading isn’t all about outer appearances. No matter the height or beauty of the candidates, school spirit and academics are still held as top priorities.
“Cheerleading is about school spirit and who can bring the most to the squad,” said Monet.
Gillian Patrick ’16 said, “You still have to maintain good grades even if you’re on the squad which means you can’t fail any major classes.”
Throughout the year, the girls cheerlead for football, boys basketball, and girls basketball, but there’s more to cheerleading than just bouncing around with smiles plastered on their faces. The team creates projects to help decorate Midwood field and make it a more charming place. Also they make posters for athletes on senior days.
One payment of 4400 is required which includes a cheer uniform, a practice uniform, sweat suit, pom-poms, sneakers and a monogrammed cheer bag. Additional payments can be made later on to buy bows and hoodies.
The cheerleading squad, led by Ms Joanne Alonso, the new cheerleading coach and tenth grade English teacher, will officially be full at the beginning of May.