By Derrick Smith
Some may see cheerleaders on the sidelines on Friday nights and think that they just show up and cheer, keep the crowd energized, and root their team on to victory. But for most cheerleaders, there is much more that goes into it than that. They put in a lot of offseason practice as well as various cheer competitions throughout the season.
Violet English is a senior cheerleader at Roland High School and she says that being a successful cheerleader takes a lot of work.
“It takes a lot of hard and long practices,” she said. “Just like any team sport, a cheerleading team will only be good if each person does their part. I love all my teammates and I am thankful for each one of them.”
There have been people that English looks up to as role models, but she says that there is one person that has a big impact on her.
“Morgan Simianer is who I look up to the most,” she said. “She came from a really low place and joined Navarro cheer and they became family to her. Cheer became her happy place and I feel like cheer has become my happy place as well.”
Another person that has had an effect on Violet as a person and as a cheerleader is her cheer coach, Kensey Richards.
“She has taught me how to be responsible and take a leadership role.”
The best memory from cheer for Violet was placing fifth in Game Day Cheer finals. Along with being a cheerleader, she is also a member of the yearbook.
Coach Richards says that Violet is more than just a great cheerleader. She is also a great teammate that has made an impact on a lot of people.
“Violet is an outstanding student-athlete,” Richards said. “She goes above and beyond in both her academics and athletics. She leads her cheer team with grace and poise and it has been a true honor and privilege to be able to coach Violet in cheer the last three years. She will definitely leave a lasting impression not only on Roland cheer, but also on Roland High School.”