by MEGAN “KARL” MOORE
Position: Back spot
Sara Benedetta has been interested in cheer since she first saw her cousin cheering when she was younger. Her favorite part about cheering this year is the chance she gets at stunting with her group. “I love having a crowd reaction,” she says over the phone. Sara is a natural at what she does, when we asked her if it was hard to get on varsity she replied “no, not really.” This year, her favorite memory of being on the team is the many times she was able to bond with her team. Cheering not only helped her learn better communication skills, but also helped her grow into the person she is today. Sara plans to continue cheering after high school and we all wish her the best of luck as continues on her way.
When Jackie Santana first tried out for cheerleading she did not expect that should would stay on the team. “It’s kind of funny actually,” she told us, “my friends convinced me to try out but I didn’t want to. Then they decided they didn’t like it. They left and I stayed,” she laughed. It took Jackie a lot of hard work and practice to get on varsity, but once she did it was worth it. Her favorite part about cheering this year is how close and hardworking everyone on the team is and how they work together to get the crowds reaction. Her favorite memory is when her friends cradled her and she farted. “They always tease me about it when we go to perform,” she mused, “They always say ‘don’t fart’ before they throw me in the air.” Cheering helped her break out of her shell, teach her dedication, and allow her to get close to her closest team mate, Miranda. If she could change anything about cheer at El Diamante, she would make her sport be recognized. She also wants people to appreciate how much hard work her and her friends have put into their routines and allow them to compete.
Position: Back spot
Cortney’s favorite part about cheering this year is how everyone on her team is a family. “I always wanted to secretly be a cheerleader,” she revealed, “even though I thought they were stuck up. I love the uniforms.” Cortney said it was hard for her to get on varsity, she was on JV for three years until there was room on the other team. When we asked her who her favorite person on the team was she said “no one. I love everyone on the team, like, I could sit down with anyone of them and have a conversation and be perfectly happy.” Her favorite memory about cheering this year was when she and her team went to camp. “Camp was the most fun. We bonded in our haunted hotel floor.” she laughed. We asked her to explain more about her hotel room. “Other cheer teams were saying that there was a girl who died on our hotel floor. They kept carrying on the story and it kind of freaked us out,” she continued. Cheering helped Cortney become less shy and more peppy. She wants to continue cheering after high school but it depends on the college she goes to. “Cheering is more complicated when you go to college,” she explained. Besides wanting the chance to go to competitions, there is nothing that Cortney would change about cheer at El D. She loves her coach and her team mates and will be keeping touch with them as she continues her cheer adventures.
Position: Main base
Miranda was inspired to join cheer by her dance classes and her cousin when she was just 5 years old. Her favorite part of this year was the chances she had to be recognized. “Being a senior, there is moments that you are recognized by yourself,” she said, “but when you’re in cheer you are always together.” Her favorite part about cheering is the dance and the stunts. When we asked if it was hard to get on Varsity she said “yes and no. It’s hard because you don’t always know what they are expecting. You just have to do your best and think positively.” Her favorite memories about cheering this year are all the times her and her team bonded after their hard practices and performances. “We’re a family,” she said. Her favorite person on the team is Jackie Santana because she makes her want to be wild and crazy while still being herself. Cheering taught her several things such as how to work with others, how to become a better person, and how to be more outgoing. There is a possibility that she will cheer after high school, but she is not positive because of how different cheering in college is. If she could change anything about El D’s cheer squad she would make cheer more of a deal to everyone and allow the team to join competitions.
Adriana became interested in cheer when she reached 8th grade and tried out with her friends Amanda Valadez. Her favorite part about cheer is how the team becomes a family, the team bonding nights, and performing. When we asked her if it was hard to get on varsity she replied “for me it was because I was so nervous during try outs.” Her closes friends on the team are Itze Vasquez And Jade Archeletta. Her favorite memory was from junior year. “Our stunt group accomplished a kick full down with Daisy Garcia,” she told us proudly. Cheering helped Adriana become a better person and come out of her shell. “I have grown a lot and learned a lot,” she told us. Adriana is sadly not going to be continuing cheer when she goes off to college; however her memories and experiences will still follow her every where she goes.
When Itze was a sophomore one of her friends encouraged her to try out for cheer and she stuck with it ever since. “My favorite part about cheer is how the whole team becomes one and gets along as a family,” she said. Her favorite part about cheering this year was performing at the games and rallies for all of her class mates to see and cheer her on. When we asked Itze if it was hard to get on varsity she said, “it was hard for me because I has never done cheer in my life until my sophomore year.” Her favorite memory about cheering is when her and her team went to cheer camp on the 10th floor of a hotel that was “haunted”. Over the last year Itze became closest to Adriana Gomez and Jade Archuletta. Cheering helped her make new friends and become a more out going person. Unfortunately, Itze is not going to continue cheer after high school; however, we still wish her luck on her journey.
Good luck to all El Diamante Cheer Seniors, we will miss you and we thank you for all the hard work and time you have put into your routines for us. We hope your future is bright and that we will see you again soon.