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For the Win
November 11, 2016
Huddled in a group, hands shaking, whispers all around them, The Waukee Competitive Cheer Team holds their breaths awaiting the results. Tensions rise as every team waits for a winner to be named. All the hard work that they put in for months came down to this moment. The time came for the state champions, Waukee is called and cheers roar throughout the crowd.
On November 5th, Waukee’s Competitive Cheer Team won first place at the state championship. The Waukee Competitive Cheer Team is made up of not only varsity cheerleaders, but also the most talented freshmen and JV cheerleaders. 28 members in total, 25 females and 3 male athletes. The team trained 4 days a week since May in preparation for the competition and their routine consists of some of the most difficult stunts, jumps, and tumbling in the entire state.
“They have worked very hard and were rewarded this Saturday,” said
head coach Ashley Jackson. This is the first time in school history that the competition cheer team has won the state title two years in a row.
The victory could not have been accomplished without the dedication the team put in everyday. “Since April practices have been intense, but the work has always been worth it,” said senior Megan Baldwin, “Having been apart of the team for all four of my high school years it has been truly amazing to see this program grow into the powerhouse that it is this year!” Practice was not only building up the team’s skills but it builds the bonds between teammates.”It takes a lot of work but the payoff is great spending every single day with this team really helps us become closer,” said senior Jason Makohoniuk, “I still talk to the seniors from last year when you’re on the Waukee cheerleading team it’s not just any old team, it is a family.”
The work is not yet done as the team now prepares for nationals this January. “The best part was that we all work for each other and to see it pay off is a truly indescribable feeling. Now we ca\
n’t wait to get back to practice!” explained Baldwin. Nationals will be held in Dallas, Texas on the 21st and 22nd of January. Coach Jackson is just as excited as the cheerleaders, “We are extremely proud of our win and we will continue to push hard in hopes of bringing home a national championship in January.”