The school year may be wrapping up, but school cheerleading definitely isn’t. Spring cheer practices began at the beginning of May, and the squads spent the whole month preparing for the Spring Football Game and Showcase which debuted May 24 in Lauderhill, Fla.
The cheerleaders spent hours after school practicing, perfecting their routines. “Although it’s a large time commitment, it’s really fun cheering on the field. We are working on stunts and we are looking forward to throwing them on game day,” junior varsity cheerleader Lilia El Oufir said.
Varsity cheerleader Kylie McCarthy has held a spot on Heritage’s varsity squad since she was in eighth grade. McCarthy is currently participating in the spring season in order to prepare for camp over the summer and the main cheer season in the fall. “We do a UCA cheer camp every year where Auca cheer pros teach us new dances and stunts so we can get ready for fall season. We want to be ready for both the camp and fall season,” McCarthy said. “Specifically during the spring season, we are working on our performance and stunting for the black and gold game.”
After the spring showcase, the cheerleaders turn their focus toward the fall season, where they will keep up the pep.