Cheerleading heads to Districts

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On Monday, Oct. 26, the Annandale cheer leading squad took a trip, along with the other competitive high schools in the Patriot District, to Lake Braddock Secondary School for a cheer leading competition.

It was very evident by the lighthearted jokes, cheerful faces, and excited tone that the Annandale cheerleaders were undoubtedly enthused about competition.

“Their warm-up was fantastic, so I think if we hit a clear routine we can be successful,” said head cheer leading coach April Wells.

For the Annandale cheerleaders summer was cut short in order to begin preparing and perfecting their skills for yesterday’s competition. On average during competition season the team practices roughly twenty tiring hours a week.

Throughout this fall season there have been injuries preventing some members of the cheer leading team from competing. Although there was no necessity for those persons to come to competition, most showed their support alongside supportive and inspirational coaches

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“I’m angry, frustrated, but yet a little relieved,” says injured junior Gabby Hankinson, when asked how she felt about this year’s competition.

Despite her inability to participate in Annandale’s cheer leading, she accompanied the team.

For some, this competition was their final time competing in a high school cheer leading competition. When asked about her thought of this being her last high school competition senior Aimee Jennings said,

“I’m feeling sad that it’s my last competition, but I’m going to miss it a lot, and I’m excited and confident that we will do our best.”

The Annandale varsity football players showed at competition in support and appreciation of the cheer leaders. Some cheer leaders felt it added just a little more pressure in the crowd.

“I feel nervous, kind of excited and really anxious. I really feel like we can go somewhere with this routine. I feel happy because our football players and other teams are here,” said junior Kunthea Lim.

As pointed out by the tumbling coach Deonte Sharpe, “There’s defiantly more skills than last year with the tumbling,” which is key in cheer leading to receiving more points.

Overall the Annandale cheer leaders came to competition trying their best, despite the loss from injuries illnesses among members. This weeks competition was notably improved compared to last week’s preliminaries.