St. Peter High School cheerleading team brought back after 20 years

St. Peter High School cheerleading team brought back after 20 years

For the first time since the 2001-2002 school year, St. Peter now has a team of cheerleaders, something senior and varsity captain Karen Bocanegra has pushed for since freshman year.

“I want to say that this is really something that I wanted to bring the community together, and I felt that we needed a little more spirit in St. Peter, and so I feel like this is a way to connect the city with our schools as well,” she said.

Now that the program is underway, Bocanegra described the team as a bonding experience and that the atmosphere at games has been filled with nothing but positivity.

“This is honestly a mini family for me,” she said. “Even at school it’s like, ‘You guys did amazing.’ Those are just small compliments as such.”

Ryhlea Boswell performs stunts during training. There are a total of 26 girls in the cheer team. Thirteen are on the varsity team and 13 are on the JV team.

Bocanegra said the effort to bring the team back started again from trying to find a teacher who could fill the coaching role.

That coach ended up being English teacher Jennifer Curtis, who also pushed for the team’s revival.

“I was a cheerleader in high school, so when I went to St. Peter 2018-2019, I knew it was something I wanted to do eventually. Then a year later the pandemic happened, so that went on hold,” Curtis said.

Danely Bocanegra cheers with the St. Peter High School on September 13, 2022.

Last year, she said, when events returned to normal, she noticed a team spirit in the air.

“The kids were so excited to be in everything. Like, at our sporting events, the band group was so excited,” she said. “That’s when it kind of dawned on me that this is something St. Peter’s is ready for and needs, because our student section is super fun.”

This is the first year the cheerleading squad has returned since the 2001-02 school year.

Curtis said the idea was well received by students and interest quickly spread. She also had the help of other staff who joined her in setting up the team.

While the team only started cheering this fall after summer practices, Curtis held a workshop in the spring.

“When I was setting this up in the spring, I didn’t know what the interest was going to be like, so originally it was just varsity home football games, but then all of a sudden we have 26 girls, and we’re like, ‘Oh my God, that’s not enough.’ We added JV, we started cheering football games and JV football games,” she said.

The team has a total of 26 girls, 13 on the varsity and 13 on the JV team.

So far, Curtis said, the games are going great.

“At our first game, it was a girls soccer game, it was the first game we cheered for, and the crowd cheered back. They caught on super fast. They are looking forward to the cheerleaders being there. The kids just love it, so we are very well received, and it’s wonderful as a coach to see how not only the girls shine, but also our student section shines even more – she said.

Bocanegra said bringing the team back brought back memories for the city as well, and she’s already looking ahead to making sure the team continues for years to come.

“I think right now we’re definitely trying to push for more seasons, basketball season and so on,” she said, adding that they’re also looking for ways to get junior high school players involved.

Senior and JV captain Averie Byrd said starting on the team her senior year is bittersweet, but it’s exciting to be part of the first group of girls to bring the team back.

“I wanted to meet girls my age, cheer on my peers and make my senior year really, really fun,” she said.

Byrd added that she will miss it.

“I really wish it had been when I was in ninth grade,” she said. “It was also super fun, and I’m super happy to be a part of it.”

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