The crowd is cheering along with the cheerleaders and filling the gym with roars. The cheerleaders with yellow and green crisp uniforms smiling towards the crowd. The Bonneville High School cheerleading team is full of excitement as they cheer on the teams of the beloved Bonneville High School.
Savannah Lillie, a sophomore cheerleader this year, stated that, “[Her] favorite thing from cheer is probably being able to improve, and [she] learn[s] a lot of life skills.” Learning how to be responsible is a part of their life skills. When asked why she joined, she stated: “My sisters both [cheered], and I always looked up to them. I wanted to try it out because my sisters really enjoyed it.” Not only did Lillie enjoy it, her family did as well. It brought conversion between her and her sisters by sharing the same hobbies. Lillie stated that this year is her fourth year cheering.
According to Lillie, the try-out process is “scary and [it is] kind of hard … after the first time, [it is] not as scary because you know the coaches, and you know what you have to do.” When asked how many times a week she cheers, she expressed, “[they] have practice Monday through Friday, and then, [they] have [competitions] on Saturday.” BHS cheerleaders cheer at basketball and football games as well as all of the other events.
The Bonneville cheerleaders constantly push themselves, and they put their all into cheerleading. The effort and dedication to show up to every competition, practices, and still cheer on Bonneville sports teams are outstanding. When asked about try-out requirements, Lillie exclaimed, “Not necessarily, [the coaches] just want someone that does the routines right… and if they perform it well then [coaches] like that.” Bonneville cheer can be for anyone! If a person can memorize a routine and perform it with ecstatic faces, then they are what the coaches are looking for. A person does not need to be perfect or know how to do a backflip. The sports teams know that they are being cheered on as long as the gym is filled with energy and cheerleaders who are in sync!