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The future of my cheerleading career

Dylan Newcomer and Hanna Etienne are pursuing their cheerleading careers.

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Dylan Newcomer and Hanna Etienne

Dylan Newcomer and Hanna Etienne

Dylan Newcomer and Hanna Etienne

Isaac Walton and Rylie Horrall

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What college team did you tryout for?

Dylan: George Fox University.

Hanna: Linfield College.

 

What was involved in the tryouts? What did you have to do?

D: For the most part, we just had to do a routine that we were provided, and we spent a lot of time getting to know each other, [you know,] getting a feel for what it might be like to be a team.

H: For tryouts we learned three cheers and then [we] learned a dance [that we went over] for a couple days and then kinda [worked on stunting to see where everyone was at and what level they were].

 

Why did you decide to tryout?

D: Part of it was to help boost my confidence. I felt [kind of out of it a lot of the time], but [I] originally just wanted to do something athletic, and I had [time] on my hands, so I figured that would be the best thing for me to do.

H: I am passionate about cheering and I thought about it, and just felt like I would regret it if I didn’t at least try to continue cheering [since] the school I’m going to [has] a cheer team.

 

How did you feel beforehand? What about after tryouts were over? 

D: Before the tryout, I was pretty nervous. I definitely felt like it was a big step, but afterwards, I felt like I had done the best I could. [Whatever] happened, it didn’t matter because I knew I did what I could.

H: Before the tryouts, I was nervous because [well it’s a pretty nerve wracking experience] and afterwards I felt pretty okay. I thought I did the best I could and when I found out I made it, I was really excited.

 

How long did it take to find out results?

D: About a day, they didn’t take very long to get back.

H: I think it was about two or three hours after we were done with tryouts that the coach emailed us.

 

How did it compare to trying out for a high school team? What was the environment like?

D: In a lot of ways, it was similar in the sense of [having that same] familiarity [of getting] to know these people [here with you,] but it was different [because] it was such a higher level and there were a lot of different expectations.

H: [The] environment was kinda similar because all the girls were really nice and helpful if you [needed] anything. The material was definitely different [because] you’re at a more advanced level. It [seemed much] easier but it [doesn’t mean that]  high school is any easier.

 

What do you hope to accomplish and achieve on the cheer team?

D: [To be part of] a hardworking team and to achieve all sorts of stunts.

H: I hope to build and improve all of my skills I gained during high school, [and to] make some great friends I can always talk to during my time at Linfield.

 

Updated on May 1.

About the Writers
Isaac Walton, Features Editor

Grade: 12

 

Years on Staff: Second year on staff

 

Most Passionate About: Gaining knowledge and new experiences

 

Favorite Quote: “If I’ve learned anything about life, its that I haven’t.” -Unknown

 

Strange Fact About You: Originally my name was “Ickey”

Rylie Horrall, Data Editor

Grade: 12

 

Years on Staff: 1

 

Most Passionate About: Art and Karly Packineau

 

Favorite Quote: “I’m here in spirit and sarcastic comments.” -Daniel Howell

 

Strange Fact About You: I refused to try tacos until I was 12.

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