Who was happy? – El Estoque

The cheer team describes their relationship with the football team and the community

Keeping up a long tradition, the Cheer team showed up to MVHS a few hours before school, their hands full of decorations. It was 6:30 a.m. on the day of the football team’s senior night. They entered the team’s locker rooms ready to decorate with posters and streamers to show support for the team. Juniors and Cheer captain Mihret Tesfaye and senior and football player Miransh Das say the cheerleaders gave various gifts to the football players, from a bag of tangerines to Gatorade at Homecoming to neon pink socks shouts that the team wore to show support during Breast Cancer Awareness. A month. Das says although the Cheer team goes all out with these gifts, they are often unappreciated. “They gave us a whole bag of tangerines and we didn’t eat a lot of them, but I was glad I had them and I took [of them],” said Das. “I’m not sure if what they do for us comes out of a place of necessity or forced by their coach, or if it’s more genuine, but I appreciate it.” However, sophomore and cheerleader Jooha Kim says that this long-standing gift-giving tradition has received many thanks from the football players. Decorating the team room has created a culture for the team as Kim explains it is “a bonding experience as well.” In addition, Tesfaye also feels appreciated when the players actually use the gifts, whether it’s watching them drink the Gatorade team Cheer brought during Homecoming or wearing the pink socks. To show their gratitude, the football team also gave out Cheer team cups printed with “Homecoming 2022” along with candy and Starbucks. While the relationship outside the field is improving, the situation on the field is still difficult for the Cheer team according to Tesfaye. She noticed a “clash” between the Cheer team and the student section when they both try to shout similar cheers. Kim wants the student section to cheer along with the Cheer team to show more collective support for the football team. Tesfaye also finds that students’ responses to their cheers during games are often weak, but Tesfaye and Kim both acknowledge that this is an unavoidable situation. “Most of the time, we call cheers we want them to respond to,” Tesfaye said. “We want them to scream purple or gold or defense or offense, but most of the time, that’s not the case and that’s always going to happen.” In addition, Das says that although soccer players notice a lot of joy during games, it’s something the team has grown up with and “they don’t find it overly inspiring.” While Das believes the Cheer team helps boost players’ morale, he doesn’t think it helps them perform better. Despite the increased appreciation for the Cheer team this year, Kim says stereotypes in the American media have misrepresented what it means to be a cheerleader for some students at MVHS, reducing them to student-driven idea of ​​popularity. “I think being [a cheerleader] really means reaching a lot of people that a school might not be able to reach in spirited ways, especially at MVHS,” Kim said. “In the movies, people think that cheerleaders are there just to be popular, but I think that’s a wrong mentality that people have about us. And I think it’s a mentality that people have to change.”

Keeping up a long tradition, the Cheer team showed up to MVHS a few hours before school, their hands full of decorations. It was 6:30 a.m. on the day of the football team’s senior night. They entered the team’s locker rooms ready to decorate with posters and streamers to show support for the team.

Juniors and Cheer captain Mihret Tesfaye and senior and football player Miransh Das say the cheerleaders gave various gifts to the football players, from a bag of tangerines to Gatorade at Homecoming to neon pink socks shouts that the team wore to show support during Breast Cancer Awareness. A month. Das says although the Cheer team goes all out with these gifts, they are often unappreciated.

“They gave us a whole bag of tangerines and we didn’t eat a lot of them, but I was glad I had them and I took [of them],” said Das. “I’m not sure if what they do for us comes out of a place of necessity or forced by their coach, or if it’s more genuine, but I appreciate it.”

However, sophomore and cheerleader Jooha Kim says that this long-standing gift-giving tradition has received many thanks from the football players. Decorating the team room has created a culture for the team as Kim explains it is “a bonding experience as well.”

In addition, Tesfaye also feels appreciated when the players actually use the gifts, whether it’s watching them drink the Gatorade team Cheer brought during Homecoming or wearing the pink socks. To show their gratitude, the football team also gave out Cheer team cups printed with “Homecoming 2022” along with candy and Starbucks.

While the relationship outside the field is improving, the situation on the field is still difficult for the Cheer team according to Tesfaye. She noticed a “clash” between the Cheer team and the student section when they both try to shout similar cheers. Kim would like the student section to cheer along with the Cheer team to show more collective support for the football team. Tesfaye also finds that students’ responses to their cheers during games are often weak, but Tesfaye and Kim both acknowledge that this is an unavoidable situation.

“Most of the time, we call cheers we want them to respond to,” Tesfaye said. “We want them to scream purple or gold or defense or offense, but most of the time, that’s not the case and that’s always going to happen.”

In addition, Das says that although soccer players notice a lot of joy during games, it’s something the team has grown up with and “they don’t find it overly inspiring.” While Das believes the Cheer team helps boost players’ morale, he doesn’t think it helps them perform better.

Despite the increased appreciation for the Cheer team this year, Kim says stereotypes in the American media have misrepresented what it means to be a cheerleader for some students at MVHS, reducing them to student-driven idea of ​​popularity.

“I think being [a cheerleader] really means reaching a lot of people that a school might not be able to reach in spirited ways, especially at MVHS,” Kim said. “In the movies, people think that cheerleaders are there just to be popular, but I think that’s a wrong mentality that people have about us. And I think it’s a mentality that people have to change.”

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