Cheering for the Blue Jays


Submitted by Jadyn Whittall

Washington High School varsity cheerleaders participated in their very first competition of the 2021-22 year. All 17 girls on the team put 100 percent of effort on the mat to make WHS proud. The team performed on Oct. 2 at Lindenwood University and had many good highlights from the competition. 

“I think the best part about the competition was our team working together, because when we all go on the floor we all scream at each other telling each other that ‘you got this’. Also, just feeling the win, even though we didn’t compete against anyone” Junior Holly Lottmann said.  The support among any team is extremely important especially when the team has one main goal, and that is to win. “Probably just being with the team, and celebrating with them, and earning our win” Freshman Lauren Bowen said. Earning a win can push a team to continue their winning streak. Now, a team has to have a coach to make sure they are being led into the right direction. “The best part about the competition was being able to perform our routine for the first time in front of a crowd. We have a very young team this year, so giving them the opportunity to perform in front of people prior to our three remaining biggest competitions was super important!” said Coach Katelyn Huber. Preparation is key in performing well in every activity. 

When competing the cheerleaders did experience tough situations that they had to work through. “The hardest part was the preparation and battling through injuries. Had it not been for a few injuries holding us back, I think we would have hit a perfect routine. The girls nailed the routine in the practice room, so to have a few stunts fall during the performance was a little disappointing, but we will use that to fuel our preparation for state and nationals!” said Huber. There may be bumps along the way, but Huber believes it is important to keep going. 

The cheerleaders took home first place in the competition. The pressure to push for the win was intense, but their coach’s advice got them through it. “I told them to smile, have fun, and to believe that they are capable. And for the love of all things holy, do NOT step on a sign” said Huber. Advice from a trusted individual can motivate and help anyone in a time of encouragement. “Overall, our performance didn’t go as well as we expected, but we still had a great time on the floor” said Sophomore Ava Griffey.