Six Centre High School cheerleaders continue to hone their skills as they prepare for the coming year.
Sponsor Ashley Coirier said she accompanied them to cheer camp in June, where camp leaders awarded them the “Most Improved” trophy.
“We went from not being able to stunt to doing a prep and a pyramid,” she said.
Sydney and Laura Idleman of El Dorado, both veteran cheerleaders, are working with the squad to help them improve.
Junior Grace Peterson, head cheerleader, has been on the squad since she was a freshman. Other returners are sophomore Maleiqua Spohn and junior Meghan David.
Juniors Jayden Hallowell and Emily Schlesener and senior Summer Espinoza are newcomers.
Espinoza said she decided “in a spur of the moment,” to try out.
“I thought it would be really interesting and a good thing for me to do for my last year instead of just playing sports,” she said.
She participates in volleyball, basketball, and track but is confident she can fit cheerleading into her schedule.
“I don’t think cheer will have much of an impact on my schedule,” she said. “I keep everything planned ahead, and I keep track of things I need to do quite well when it comes to sports of any type. I’m very excited for this year and can’t wait to see what it brings me.”
“I expect the squad to be spirited, united, and uniform,” Coirier said. “A sisterhood!”