Cheerleading Gains Recognition as Sport

Jessica Coleman

“Who’s got the beat, say what, the Mats got the beat!” The 2010-2011 Miramonte Cheerleaders have started the year strong with a promotion to official Miramonte sport.

Each cheerleader was required to have a physical and sign medical forms, making the statement that their craft is more than pom-poms and big bows.

“I’m a huge advocate of cheerleading,” said Principal Adam Clark. “They train just as hard and should have the same opportunities and regulations as the other sports.”

Clark made the decision to add the cheerleading team to Miramonte sports on the basis that their hard work should be recognized, as well as their athletic ability.

Christie Requa ‘11 and co-captain Gaby Galarza ‘11 choreographed the rally routine, which sported new stunts and dance moves that impressed the Miramonte community.

However, the team has a lot of ground to cover because there are only four returning members.

“There’s a lot of new people this year,” said Requa. “It takes a long time to clean up the routines.”

The team practices three days a week for two hours, with an additional five-hour practice every month. New team members have found an appreciation for the sport and are still adjusting to the profound level of commitment.

“There’s so much conditioning, jumping and running,” said Bo-Ve Dong ‘11. “Picking up the choreography is really hard. It’s more demanding than volleyball.”

Coach Rebecca George stresses commitment, with the ultimate goal of attending multiple competitions this year. Their first competition is scheduled for November.

“We want the school to come out and support us,” said Requa.

The team has almost twice as many members this year, which allows the team to include more stunts in their routines. A set of sisters and a boy on the team contribute to the new team atmosphere.

Christie Requa and Carrie Requa ‘14  share an intense passion for cheerleading, and the team’s overwhelming consensus is that their intense competitive drive helps the team to focus during their routines.

“We disagree about the choreography sometimes, but we do it in order to make the team better,” said Christie.

Ricky Samoranos ‘13 decided to try out for the team on a whim, and is extremely happy with his experience so far.

“My favorite part is flying,” said Samoranos. “It’s exhilarating.”

Samoranos was subjected to negative comments after the rally, but that does not deter him from his goal.

“There are people that say stuff behind my back, but I try to bury it,” said Samoranos. “It makes me more of a man than anyone else because I am expressing myself.”

The girls agree that Samoranos fits in with the team, besides a few setbacks they did not anticipate.

“Now that we have a guy we can’t meet in the locker room, but he fits in with us really well,” said Galarza.