Varsity cheer anticipates competition with smaller squad


Viviana del Toro

Varsity cheerleading performs at the first home game against Westfield on Sept. 6


Six weeks into the season, varsity cheerleading is gearing up for their first competition  Oct. 12 at the Fairfax Rebel Rally at Fairfax High School.

“We are a step ahead with our routine,” senior Morgan Gerdon said. “This year is looking great so far.”

With four less cheerleaders on the competition mat than last year, the team of 16 has three-hour practices five days a week and four-hour practices on Saturdays.

“It’s all about working our endurance to be able to nail our whole routine in front of the judges,” Gerdon said.

Their two and a half minute competition routine consists of elite tumbling, stunting, a school cheer, and a dance.

“Last year the team was the biggest in school history,” Gerdon said. “This year was a big change because we have a smaller team. But we are taking on the same skills as last year.”

Senior Sarah Davidson believes the smaller numbers provide extra opportunity for teammates to bond.

“I’m really excited to be working with this new group,” Davidson said. “We have a smaller team this year, but we’re really close knit. I am so excited to start competing with everyone in October.”

For now, the team will continue to cheer on the varsity football team along the game sidelines.

“The games are always fun because we get to cheer to our friends and get the Hype Squad involved,” senior Mackenzie Evans said. “To be on the field for our team is a great experience.”