Athlete Spotlight: James Wood cheerleader Haylee Combs | Winchester Star |

James Wood High School 17-year-old senior

What do you love about cheerleading?: I really like the team aspect of it. It’s very family-like. You must work together to strive for first and to win together.

Most memorable moment in cheerleading: My freshman year for districts at Millbrook. We went out and competed and the crowd went crazy and we ended up taking first.

Most embarrassing moment in cheerleading: It was my junior or sophomore year in a competition. I did a standing tuck and I stood completely face planted in front of everyone.

Most difficult moment in cheerleading: Last year when we decided to change our entire routine during two days before a competition [at Skyline on Oct. 14] and had longer practices. We ended up doing really well at the next competition, so the hard work paid off. But the two days were quite challenging.

Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: My grandpa Bubby; so I can just talk to him again. [Actor] Kevin Hart; he is a funny person so i feel like it would be fun. And [musician] Nicki Minaj; I feel like she’s just an icon.

Biggest athletic influence: My teammates because they really push me to be my best and make me confident in all of my skills.

Favorite Teacher: Mrs. [Christine] Fairis. She made me feel like I was very important. I loved being in her economics class last year.

Favorite athlete: [prominent cheerleader and social media personality] Ryan Cummings

Favorite TV Show: “The Summer I Turned Pretty”

Favorite song: “Cardigan” by Taylor Swift

Worst thing you’ve eaten: Sushi. I so want to like it, but I can’t. It just wears me out.

Plans after high school: I know I want to go to college and do something in the medical field. I’m just not sure where I want to go or what specific things I want to do. I like helping people in the medical field and being able to help them with what is wrong with them.

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