Interview by Zoe D’Angelo | Submitted by Erin Pellet Photography by Betty Alvarez of Vintage Couture Photography Texas
The Nomination: These girls are truly leaders! and deserve to be recognize! I am beyond blessed to have captured their beauty!
Is your team going to Nationals in Orlando this year? Yes! We will be attending UCA Nationals in Disney World in February. We will be competing in the game day category and we could not be more excited.
How did you become interested in cheerleading? I began my first mommy and me tumbling class when I was 14 months old. Throughout my life, I participated in pee wee cheerleading, tumbling classes and gymnastics. In sixth grade, I was introduced to the competitive cheerleading world where I quickly fell in love with the competitive spirit, bond of teammates and the fascinating skills. I did competitive cheerleading at Champion Cheer for 5 years and have been a Byron Nelson Varsity cheerleader for 3 years.
What is your favorite part about cheerleading? My favorite aspect of cheerleading is the bond between teammates and coaches. In such an intense and competitive sport, teams endure many highs and lows together throughout the season but they all make the bond even stronger. I love how your teammates truly become your brothers and sisters, and your coaches become your second parents.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to become a cheerleader like yourself? One piece of advice I would give to aspiring cheerleaders is to not compare yourself to others skills and accomplishments but to focus on your own. In this sport, especially when you are new, it's easy to be discouraged through comparing yourself to others. But doing this will only hold you back from one day reaching the same skills and accomplishments others have. Byron Nelson Varsity Cheer Team were featured in issue 15.