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Freshmen cheer way into Ms. Williams’ heart

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Cheer is an after school activity for both genders that has been around since 1898. In previous years, the freshmen cheer team has been coached by Ms. Sylvia. However, recently working at the school, Ms. Connie Williams, has taken over for the freshmen.

Coach Williams has been dedicated to the freshmen cheer squad since her first day as coach this fall. Freshmen Cristina Samaniego, one of the fall freshmen cheer team captains, said, “I really enjoyed having a Coach who was as dedicated to help us grow as Ms. Connie was. She helped us improve not just as cheerleaders, but also as people.”

The current freshmen cheer team has been able to perform to the best of their abilities due to the respect they have for coach Connie and the respect she has towards the team.

We asked Coach Williams about her experience with the cheer squad.

Q: What made you want to coach cheer?

A: I have always loved teaching in one way or another. Working with a high school cheer squad, let alone freshmen girls, has been a drastic but rewarding experience and change overall.

Q: Why did you choose  to coach freshmen?

A: I decided to do freshmen cheer because they are new to high school. The members of the squad seem to be more eager and more open to learn and try new things.

Q: What is your favorite part of watching your team perform?

A: I love to watch the girls compete and have fun getting the crowd involved. Watching the team have fun with what they do is so rewarding.  The freshmen on the squad currently are not only excited to be in high school, but also to say they are a part of something. The smiles on their faces make it all worth it.

Q: How do you feel about the balance between cheer and academics?

A: I have found over my years of coaching, that cheer gives the kids extra motivation for them to take their grades seriously, and also to try harder.

Q: Is this your first year coaching at the high school level?

A: This is my first year coaching high school, but my 12th year coaching overall.

Q: Do you enjoy being a coach?

A: I absolutely love coaching! I started at an elementary school level, then coached Middle School in North Carolina while I was in college. along with cheering two seasons for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Finally, my life has brought me to coaching at the high school. Which in more ways than one has brought so much joy into my life.

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