Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Eboni Johnson
Middle College High School
Students show their school spirit in a variety of ways.
Some embody school spirit by attending athletic games, others by wearing school colors.
A group of about a dozen girls at Middle College High School are the embodiment of school pride every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday afternoon.
After auditioning at one of the twice a week try-outs, new MCHS cheerleaders then have to learn all 66 cheers and a dance. They are also required to have good grades and a good attitude. The current squad is composed of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Typical practices involve going through most of the cheers and working on jumps. Typical games, of course, involve cheering for the Bulldogs on the sidelines.
“The cheer squad at school is good because they keep the fans into the basketball games,” senior Rick Johnson said.
While cheerleaders on the squad help pump up the crowds, they also get back a lot in return.
“[I became a cheerleader] to build my confidence up to be in front of a crowd,” said Kirestin Brown. “As a cheerleader, I have the opportunity to show school spirit and make a sisterhood bond with other girls.”
Brown, a junior, has been a cheerleader since the sixth grade. She has been a part of the MCHS squad all three years she has attended.
“In my opinion, it means being a leader, first,” she said. “Second, it means a group of spirit leaders coming together to represent our school in a positive way.
Brown believes her role as a student and cheerleader is “to engage the student body to participate and become active in school activities and get the crowd hyped during the games to encourage our mighty Bulldogs.”
While Brown stays on the sidelines as a cheerleader some of the time, she finds herself in the middle of the action on occasion. She is also a softball player.
As she puts it, “Girly girls can play hard ball too.”
Another cheerleader, senior Kristin Glover, has also been a cheerleading since the sixth grade. Glover has been a part of the MCHS squad since her freshmen year of high school.
“I became a cheerleader because it’s my home away from home. It takes me away from all my problems,” she said.
Glover said that to her, “leading and helping my team to a victory showing school spirit,” is what cheerleading is about. She believes that her purpose is to help people at school and uplift her team with cheering during games.
“I feel like I’m appreciated because I know some way, somehow I help people on regular basis,” she said.