Keara McKay Interview by Zoe D’angelo Nomination & Photography by Michael Zellefrow of Gizmo Photography Ohio Issue 15
The nomination: Keara cheers for her local school plus competitive cheer squad. She likes to help the younger girls in her competitive cheer squad and serves as role model for all the younger girls.
How did you become interested in cheerleading? I got a flyer at school to try out for the youth team. I didn’t even want to do it. My Mom convinced me to give it a try. Then in fourth grade I became involved in competition cheer at a gym I had been taking tumbling classes at.
What are your favorite things about being a cheerleader and representing your school? I love both competition cheer and school cheer. At school I love supporting the football team and getting the crowd to have team spirit as well. In competition cheer I love going out on that blue mat and giving it my all with my teammates. It is such a rush of emotions and even when we don’t do as good as we hoped, the team connection is awesome! I have made great friends doing both. As I grow up, I love seeing the younger girls starting and being a person they can look up to.
When you’re not cheering, what do you do in your free time? I spend a lot of my time at the studio where I do competitive cheer. I also dance there. I am on two dance teams and also have a solo routine. I also volunteer at the studio to be Tinker Bell for tea parties for younger girls. I also like to read and believe it or not, do school work. I really love school and love learning. My favorite subjects are Language Arts, Math and Science. I have been very lucky to have some amazing teachers that make school fun. I enjoy doing mental math just for fun.
Tell me about your typical day. In a normal day, I get up and spend some time with my Mom in the morning and then head to school. When my school day is over, I normally have enough time to go home and eat a snack and then head to cheer or dance practice. After practice I go home to eat dinner and do my homework. After that, I am pretty much ready to go to bed, so I can do it all over again the next day.
What are your plans for the future? I am hoping to stay a cheerleader / dancer throughout my school life. I want to attend college at Kent State and cheer there as well. I want to become a chiropractor and would also like to cheer for a professional sports team.
Keara was featured in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.