ImpactPT 7.75x2.5 sep20

 

By Derrick Smith
 
Athletic teams are more than just a group of athletes that play the same sport. They become a sisterhood or brotherhood, developing a bond that makes it feel more like a family. Kristin Hargis, who is in her second year as head cheer coach at Henryetta High School, says that her team has that bond and it is what makes them a strong group.
 
“Our team’s biggest strength would have to be their closeness,” Hargis said. “They always come together in times of need and encourage others to be the best they can be and to try their hardest.”
 
Senior captain Megan Counts says that her favorite part of being a cheerleader is hyping up the crowd at school sporting events. “I love that the people in the crowd get involved with showing school spirit, even if they are no longer in school.” Fellow senior captain Kaily Slyconish agrees with Counts. “I love getting the student section involved and the energy the crowd brings.”
 
Hargis says that for her squad to win Okmulgee Area Most Outstanding Cheer Team just shows how much the community stands behind them. “It is so awesome how much support we received from our community by simply voting for us. We are also hoping to bring home some awards from Game Day. Individually, my team has been awarded several different honors. It is amazing to watch them grow and succeed in the things they love.”
 
Neecie Gillin, who is also a senior captain, says that she likes the makeup of her team. “Our team is so diverse and isn’t limited to one category. We have all sorts of kids to make one awesome team.”
 
The family-like atmosphere is what Cheyanne Thomas, a senior captain for the squad, likes the most about the team. “I enjoy having a family-like feeling when we’re all together. We can laugh all day long in practice and just have fun.”

There are times that coaching can be a little stressful, but Hargis says that she would not trade her job for anything. “These kids make my job so fun and interesting,” she said. “They work so hard to make the best of whatever is thrown at them.”

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