Competitive Cheer History at Cornerstone Prep
Coach Holly Guice leads the secondary cheer squads, both competitive and basketball at Cornerstone Prep. “The idea to begin a competitive cheer team came from wanting to give girls at Cornerstone an opportunity to cheer during the fall,” said Coach Holly, “The team began practicing and preparing in May during the try-out week. Only a few on our squad had ever cheered competitively, but we had several with gymnastic, tumbling, and sideline cheer experience.”
The squad attended a four-day cheer camp this past summer, took private and group tumbling classes, and trained at a stunt clinic. Also, they learned a three-minute routine that was choreographed especially for them by Coach Holly’s niece, Hannah LeRue. “That seems short, but there is so much intensity in every eight count! We spent countless hours learning the routine, perfecting stunts, pyramids, baskets, and tumbling passes,” said Coach Holly.
Blood, Sweat & Tears
“Being an eleventh grader, I would usually not have an opportunity to get to know some of the younger girls. However, cheerleading has given me that opportunity to be a big sister to each of the girls. This team would not even be possible without Coach Holly. She is one of the best coaches I have ever had showing constant encouragement, love, mercy and patience. We are all so blessed to have her leading this first competition team.”
Laura Grace echoed her sentiments, “When we first decided to make a competition cheerleading squad, I had no idea how much time and effort would have to be put in to succeed. I couldn't wait for the new season and had no idea what I was getting into. I never imagined how much physical and emotional strength was needed for this challenging sport.”
The camaraderie is felt by younger team members also. “Cheer has been a great experience this year. Practices are fun since you are with your friends doing what you love,” said Kaelyn Eeles, 7, “It felt amazing to win Grand Champion at our first competition because it meant that those long and tough practices paid off. I feel that our team is amazing and that we can pull off wins each competition.”
More Competitions To Come
- November 5 at Johnson Ferry Christian Academy
- November 12--GICAA State Competition
- December 10--FCC State Competition
- Perhaps the FCC Nationals Competition in January?
Coach Holly and the competitive cheer squad encourages everyone to cheer them on. They also ask you pray they will let the light of Jesus shine in and through their lives.
Coach Holly wanted to send special thanks to Cornerstone moms Cat Scragg and Angela Eeles, who have helped so much with the competitive cheer squad. “It takes a team,” said Coach Holly. And, when as our competitive cheer squad has proved, when your team pulls together and works hard, your efforts are rewarded.