Paschal High School Celebrates Cheerleaders Win State Championship First Time at ISD in Fort Worth

Those sounds were louder than the bleachers.

Usually, every game day or every rally, the RL Paschal High School cheerleading squad gets the crowd excited. But, Jan. 20, Paschal High School’s state championship cheerleading squad had its share of cheers.

The band was the center of attention during the school-wide assembly, completed by the school’s prize-winning team. The team of more than 30 leaders was recognized for their recent and historic win at the University Interscholastic League State Spirit Championship. Paschal High School is the first Fort Worth ISD school to win the State Spirit Championship, according to the UIL.

A delighted coach Alex Saenz called the support “amazing”.

“A sport that does so much for other people, it feels great to give that love back,” Saenz said.

Superintendent Angélica Ramsey was at the Gus Bates Center on the Paschal campus Friday, supporting the team. She spoke to the team before the unofficial medal ceremony.

“We got to see today why you were crowned champion,” Ramsey said over the gym’s speakers. “And I want you to know that I am humble and proud.”

Todd Vesely, Fort Worth ISD executive director of athletics, praised the team’s hard work and determination that led to their historic championship.

“Everyone starts the year wanting to reach the heights these young women have reached, but not everyone has the commitment and work to give them the time, energy and effort,” Vesely said.

Congratulating the team, Vesely added that this is a blessing for Paschal High School, and Fort Worth in general.

During the rally, the cheerleading team showcased their first place victory to an enthusiastic response from students, faculty and alumni. The school let students out of the second day 45 minutes early, allowing all students a chance to bring back the joy.

After the band performance, each member of the cheer team was awarded a gold medal.

Senior Indie Lopez is the team captain. Indie, her last time cheering on the high school mat ends with a gold medal around her neck, and hoisting the state championship trophy.

Lopez was over the moon talking about the season tour and the support along the way.

“Everybody is fully committed to this team,” Lopez said. “I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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