First year cheer means first year jitters

Kara Mae Mathis – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-  A new school…unfamiliar surroundings…everybody’s watching, evaluating, judging…that’s what it’s like for an eighth grader at LRHS cheer tryouts. The pressure to be perfect is immense.

Three days of constant cheering, dancing, tumbling and stunting, with eyes watching the entire time. Many of the incoming freshman were incredibly nervous for their tryout, one in particular, Carolina King.

King was very hopeful that she would have the opportunity to be like her mother.

“I was so nervous,” said King, “Making the team meant a lot to me, since my mother was a cheerleader in high school, too.  I really wanted to follow in her footsteps.”

On tryout day, King was a ball of nerves. Pushing all her doubts aside, she confidently stepped out onto the mat and auditioned to be an LRHS cheerleader.

“I was nervous to see what the result would be,” said King, “I was hoping for the best, but expecting the worse.”

Finally, the list was posted; King made the team.

“I was so happy,” King stated, “Making the cheer team was a goal I had, and I achieved it.”

King is very excited to see what being a cheerleader in high school will have for her. From Friday Night Lights to homecoming week, she feels that being a cheerleader for her school will make the experiences even better.