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Freshman cheer feels pressure to perform

Cameran Mckay, Staff Writer

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Alexis Millburn is a freshman this year at Bullard and a member of the freshman cheer team. Alexis is currently attending cheer practice Tuesday from 5-7 and Wednesday from 3:45 to 5:45. Usually at these practices, the cheerleaders condition, learn new routines, and new sideline cheers.

“The stunt routines are the hardest for me because I’m not the strongest, most powerful person so some days it’s hard to get my flyers up all the way and be able to do libs, cradles, supermans, and stuff like that,” says Millburn.

The freshman cheerleaders only attend the freshman games, which are usually on a Thursday. According to freshman Audrey Blanch, one of the girls’ hardest routines is their half time routine because of the pressure to perfect it.

Millburn also stated that she feels the most stress at games because she is worried about embarrassing herself in front of the crowd. However, not all all cheerleaders feel this pressure.

“No I do not feel stress at games. I have been doing pageants since I was six and performing in large crowds opened me up. Pressure is not on me because when I’m out there, we are having fun as a team and there isn’t a spotlight on a certain cheerleader.”

Cheerleaders are usually the ones who are left to entertain the crowd during half time. It is also up to them to keep the crowd rallied up during the game, meaning that they endure a lot of pressure. Although the pressure to be great is high, Bullard’s freshman cheer team has fun with the sport and has proven that they can handle it.

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