Cheer team hosts tryouts for the 2015-2016 school year

At the 2015 Vegas Classics Competition, the cheer team practices their stunts. This year, the cheer team also attended the United Spirits Association Nationals for High School Spirit and won 13th in the nation. "I'm not that nervous trying out again only because I've gained so many skills from these past two years, so I'm a bit more confident," junior Alyssa Chavez said.
Photo Credit: Precious Galang

Tryouts for the 2015-2016 cheer team will be held from May 18-22 in the gym from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We have positions for at least 24 to 25 cheerleaders and we have a person from the Elements Gym coming in and will be teaching the tryout routine, dance routine and cheer. Mrs. Petrosky and myself are not part of the judging team, so that way we can better support the cheerleaders and stay impartial,” cheer team adviser Mrs. Cindi Chang said.

Students who are interested in being part of the cheer team must meet the minimum unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and complete a grade check signed by their teachers.

“Balancing cheer and maintaining good grades can get stressful sometimes, but I really think it’s about time management and when you have that you can conquer anything,” junior Katrina Palaca said.

Paperwork will be available at the banker beginning May 1 as well as at the informational meeting on Apr. 30 in the ballroom at 6 p.m. To be eligible for tryouts, paperwork must be submitted by May 15 at 2 p.m.

“Though I have many disadvantages like my fear of heights and my lack of flexibility, I would just like to try something new for once,” freshman Justine Ho said.

Students must pay a $20 fee to audition for the team and results will be announced on May 22 on the cheer team website.

“I’m pretty confident about making the team again because I know what to expect for the most part. I know it won’t be easy, but I’m confident in what I can do,” sophomore Rikki Bunton said.

Students who are eligible to tryout must bring black shorts, a white shirt and sneakers as proper tryout attire.

“I joined this year because I cheered in middle school so I already knew how much fun cheerleading is. The sport itself is so demanding, but competing and performing makes it worth it. Being on such a great team, you become a family and that makes it so much more enjoyable,” freshman Moira Johnson said.

In addition, students who are part of the 2015-2016 cheer team will be attending a cheer camp in San Diego, Calif. from Aug. 7-10.

“I really want to be a part of the cheer team because cheerleading is a fun and interactive way to show school spirit while looking amazing,” freshman Betty Guerrero said.