BY TAYLOR BRITT ON MAY 16th, 2014
Stress is lingering in Rose this month as school comes to a slow end. Rose students are feeling the stress of exams, summer jobs and final grades.
Although for those wishing to become a part of the Rose cheer team there is a lot more pressure. Clean your shoes, whiten your teeth and get your pom-pom out because on May 19, there will be cheerleading tryouts for any who wish to join the spirit of the fighting Rampants. For most, this is a new and exciting thing to pursue, but there are a few in particular where it is a reminder of all the special things they will be leaving behind while stepping into a different world.
“Being a cheerleader at Rose was great and I will miss my girls a lot,” senior Tiara Little said.
Little is planning on cheering in college and says she hopes Rose cheer continues to grow. “If I don’t continue to cheer, I will mostly miss the dance routines, and I will for sure miss the Rose pep rallies,” Little said.
Being adjusted to new coaches and big competitions, cheer tryouts are now the focus as school draws to an end. Many will start to perfect their tumbling, cheering, stunting and dancing. Competitiveness is necessary to be a cheerleader and some are lucky enough to make it on the varsity squad.
“I practiced everyday on my front walk over and band hand sprints when i was a freshman,” said sophomore Mikaylah Harris.
Harris exceeded expectations as a sophomore and made the varsity squad because of her stellar cheer tryout. Varsity is a whole lot different then Jv, it is more experienced and more difficult cheers/routines.
“Rose cheer is enjoyable and keeps me active,” Harris said.
Promises of a new year and a new squad are here. The cheer team is present at every football and basketball game to cheer on some of our top athletes. Every year is a chance to make the team better than it was before, if you want to be apart of the new team than many encourage you to bring your skills down to the gymnasium on May 19.
“We will be competing more, doing more activities involving the school and having fundraisers for new cheer items,” junior Kiauna Phillips said.
Phillips encourages her fellow classmates to try cheerleading because it is a sport that will help keep you in shape and you also get the chance to bond with a bunch of fun girls.
“You are front row center for every game supporting the best school in Pitt County and most people come to watch us cheer anyways!” Phillips said.