By Alexa Braxton
The Bay’s 2019-2020 basketball season has begun and the varsity cheerleaders are in full effect. Sophomore Chiara Chavez said how crazy this season’s basketball games have been and her opinions on the advantages of being a basketball cheerleader. She mentioned that she loves how they get to stand next to the school’s Lunatics at every basketball game.
“The biggest advantage of doing basketball cheer is 100 percent being right near the Lunatics every game which is basically half of the school,” Chavez said. “The Lunatics hype up not only the crowd and the players but us cheerleaders as well which makes the whole experience just ten times better for us.”
Sophomore Elle Ginsburg, has been on the varsity team for two years and mentioned how this season has definitely been the best one for her. Ginsburg said her favorite part of cheering at the games is performing the halftime cheer routine in front of the big crowd.
“I was a competitive cheerleader and a dancer for most of my life so performing in front of people and having high energy thankfully comes super-natural and easy to me,” Ginsburg said. “This year’s halftime routine is one of my favorites because it has the best music and includes lots of personality and sass which I have a lot of.”
According to Chavez, every girl on the team gets along well and helps each other when in need, and there’s never any judgments or drama between anyone. Chavez added that performing and practicing with a whole group of friends couldn’t be better when you all share the same passion for something.
“This being my second year on the cheer team, I can most definitely say that this team has the strongest and one of the best bonds yet,” Chavez said. “Going to cheer practice and all of the games during the week is a huge stress reliever and just a way for me to get my mind off of everything and just have fun with my friends during a long and stressful week of school.”
Chemistry teacher, Elain Waite, said how amazing and beautiful all of the girls are. She said how she knows how much effort the girls put in to make sure they look amazing on game days.
“I sadly have not been to a basketball game here, but I have seen many videos of the games and the one thing that always captures my eye is the cheerleaders,” Waite said. “You can see how hard all of the girls work because they always look spot on, not to mention they are always so graceful and beautiful.”
Ginsburg said that the girls have all been working super hard on perfecting all of their cheers and routines and it definitely shows at every game in which they cheer. Ginsburg added that which each successive game, the girls get more and more comfortable with standing up in front of everyone and performing.
“I know how scary it can be to perform in front of huge crowds, especially at school, so it’s amazing when everyone gives it all they got and proves who’s boss,” Ginsburg said. “There’s nothing better than the adrenaline rush you get while performing next to your teammates while everyone is watching and cheering you on.”
Waite was a dance teacher growing up and as a little girl she had always wanted to be a cheerleader in middle school and high school, but never had the opportunity to do that. She also mentioned how the girls on the team grow such strong bonds and will be friends for a lifetime.
“I never had the chance to be a cheerleader in high school, but if I could go back in time, I would 100% try out to be one,” Waite said. “I think the girls are not only going to be friends outside of high school, but also maybe after high school, which is super cool.”