Stunting lifestyle for an RHS cheerleader

Stunting lifestyle for an RHS cheerleader

ZOE LIGHT, FEATURES REPORTERS September 16, 2022

Stunting plays a big role in competitive cheerleading, and for senior Alexis Kelley, she started doing competitive cheerleading during her middle school years and now continues to pursue it throughout her high school career. “So I’ve been doing comp cheerleading since seventh grade,” Kelley said. “I moved around gyms a bit, but now I’m cheering for Nor*Cal Elite.” According to Kelley, competitive cheerleading has its differences from regular high school cheer. “We compete as a two-minute-thirty-second routine full of jumps, tumbling stunts, pyramids, no actual chants or cheers,” Kelley said. Since stunting is a very big part of cheerleading for Kelley, she believes it has an effect on her love for the sport. The love that Kelley has for stunting has really turned into a love for the sport in general. “I decided to start doing competitive cheerleading back in middle school because my middle school wanted to stop allowing stunting for our cheer team,” Kelley said. “I really fell in love with stunting so I really wanted to continue doing it and the only way I could do that was through competitive cheer.” Senior Caty Sergent cheers on the sidelines and plans to do stunt cheer in the spring, but she has cheered with Kelley throughout high school and enjoys the energy she brings to the team. “She comes to practice with a smile on her face and she just makes it fun to practice,” Sergent said. For Kelley, cheerleading/stunting has a level of trust that brings everyone together and closer as a team. “It’s really like just a fun sport to play and it’s really nice to be so close to your teammates because you literally have to trust them with your life,” Kelley said. Although Sergent doesn’t work directly with Kelly while cheering/stunting, she believes Kelley has a great spirit when it comes to the sport. “Alexis is just a really good cheerleader ader, she’s really dedicated to the sport,” Sergent said. “She puts a lot of time and effort into it, and it’s really admirable how dedicated she is.” According to Sergent, not only has Kelley done school or local stunt/cheer competitions, but she has also traveled out of state. “She’s been on a couple of different all-star teams and she’s gone to a lot of competitions outside of school,” Sergent said. “She’s traveled to places like Florida and a lot of different places for pageants.” Kelley plans to continue cheerleading and wants to be recognized by the next level of cheer. “I’m not sure about competitive cheerleading, but I’m really hoping to get a stunt scholarship in college,” Kelley said.

Stunting plays a big role in competitive cheerleading, and for senior Alexis Kelley, she started doing competitive cheerleading during her middle school years and now continues to pursue it throughout her high school career.

“So I’ve been doing comp cheerleading since seventh grade,” Kelley said. “I moved around gyms a bit, but now I’m cheering for Nor*Cal Elite.” According to Kelley, competitive cheerleading has its differences from regular high school cheer.

“We compete as a two-minute-thirty-second routine full of jumps, tumbling stunts, pyramids, no actual chants or cheers,” Kelley said.

Since stunting is a very big part of cheerleading for Kelley, she believes it has an effect on her love for the sport. The love that Kelley has for stunting has really turned into a love for the sport in general.

“I decided to start doing competitive cheerleading back in middle school because my middle school wanted to stop allowing stunting for our cheer team,” Kelley said. “I really fell in love with stunting so I really wanted to continue doing it and the only way I could do that was through competitive cheer.”

Senior Caty Sergent cheers on the sidelines and plans to do stunt cheer in the spring, but she has cheered with Kelley throughout high school and enjoys the energy she brings to the team.

“She comes to practice with a smile on her face and she just makes it fun to practice,” Sergent said.

For Kelley, cheerleading/stunting has a level of trust that brings everyone together and closer as a team.

“It’s really like just a fun sport to play and it’s really nice to be so close to your teammates because you literally have to trust them with your life,” Kelley said.

Although Sergent doesn’t work directly with Kelly while cheering/stunting, she believes Kelley has a great spirit when it comes to the sport.

“Alexis is just a really good cheerleader, she’s really dedicated to the sport,” Sergent said. “She puts a lot of time and effort into it and it’s really admirable how dedicated she is.”

According to Sergent, not only has Kelley done school or local stunt/cheer competitions, but she has also traveled out of state.

“She’s been on a couple of different all-star teams and she’s gone to a lot of competitions outside of school,” Sergent said. “She’s traveled to places like Florida and a lot of different places for pageants.”

Kelley plans to continue cheerleading and wants to be recognized by the next level of cheer.

“I’m not sure about competitive cheerleading, but I’m really hoping to get a stunt scholarship in college,” Kelley said.

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