Varsity Cheer Tryouts to Take Place May 5

On Wednesday, May 5, tryouts will take place for the 2021-2022 cheer squad from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Any student trying out is expected to wear purple and gold, suitable shoes, and have their hair up in a bow. Those who are trying out will be judged on a variety of categories, including group chants, original chants, and the fight song. Out of 100 points, the cut score to make the squad is 75 points. 

“The cheerleading season is really long, it lasts from June until March of the following year. We need a way to keep folks motivated and to be positive members, and the point system gives us the opportunity to not only grow but to also hold people accountable for their actions. It also lets us reward the members who put in the work,” said varsity cheer coach Heather Nichols.

Students planning on trying out should pick up a form from Nichols in room 106. The form includes expectations, permission forms, order forms, and a summer calendar. For more information, contact Nichols at

“I genuinely enjoy watching a group of people learn something as a group and to grow as a group. We have also had  lots of success with girls going on to cheer at a collegiate level, and I’m very proud of those girls,” said Nichols.

Story by Michael Hannon

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