The Altus school year is almost over, but preparations for next year are already under way. The new Altus High School cheerleading squad for 2016-17 school year were chosen last week. Over 23 competed, and each student made the squad, including one as manager.
Varsity squad cheerleaders are Seniors: Kinsey Wilmes, Abby Tucker, Addy Hughes and Brianna Barker. Junior squad cheerleaders are: Chloe Cox, London Williams, Jaycee Herring, Lynsey Sellers, Summer Locon, Jayden Nolen and Micala Diaz. Sophomore squad cheerleaders are: Jordan Benway, Isabella Darby, Alyssa Hargis, Anna Willey and Mackenzie Wood. Junior/Varsity/9th grade squad are: Addison Ayers, Breckyn Brewer, Estelle Isaac, Maggie Landers, Skye Martinez, Katelyn Randolph and manager Sidney Hyde.
The Miss Bulldog mascot will be junior Kennedy Kerr.
The AHS Cheerleading squad consists of a maximum of 16 members and one mascot. The Freshman/JV squad consists of maximum 10 members. The AHS cheerleading guidelines state that the cheerleading philosophy is to develop the full potential of each student athlete in order for them to achieve personal success and develop solid work habits. Team members are taught the value of self-discipline, confidence, persistence and team work. The cheerleaders represent the school as positive role models and leaders, and also promote good sportsmanship throughout the community.
Eligibility to be a cheerleader is to have a minimum 2.5 GPA and no Fs. Report cards are verified at the cheer clinic. Once chose, the cheerleader must abide by the OSSAA eligibility rules and regulations, including those for classroom attendance. Leadership guidelines must also be followed in and out of uniform.
In June the cheerleaders will attend the University of Oklahoma Cheer Camp in Norman.
The new squads first fundraising activity will be Pep Squeakers clinic for Pre-K through 6th graders on June 1-3, at the Altus City Gym. Annual T-shirt fundraising will begin in August, and later in the fall a second Pep Squeakers Clinic will be held with a performance at an AHS football game. In September the AHS cheerleaders will compete in the OSSAA 5A cheer competition.
Kinsey Wilmes, who will be a Senior in the fall, has been a cheerleader since Junior High. Kinsey said, “Over the years I have learned teamwork and how important it is to work with others.” She also said, “Anyone wanting to try cheerleading should just go for it, everyone’s welcome.”
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext.2077