By Ashley Renowden
Seventh grader Sarah Rose Salvhus wasn’t even sure she was going to make the cheer team because she had no cheer experience, but two weeks into the season she was named one of the squad’s co-captain.
After staying up until 4 in the morning practicing for tryouts, Salvhus made the team and was recently voted co-captain by her teammates and coaches.
“When I tried out I had no idea if I was going to make it,” said Salvhus. “I was really nervous and I was doubting myself a lot because I have never been a cheerleader before.”
Many people think that practicing is what makes an athlete good, and that’s certainly true for Salvhus. In addition to working out with the team each day from 2:30-5, she practices on her own when she feels she needs it.
“I’m not going to lie and say I go home every day and practice for seven hours,” said Sarah Rose. “Once in a while if I feel I’m behind or lacking something I will make sure I go home and perfect it until I get it right.”
Even though she has never been a cheerleader before, dance and tumbling are an important asset to being a cheerleader.
“My tumbling skills are a good asset, and, not to brag, but my kicks are pretty high,” said Salvhus. “The dance routines come pretty easy to me; my dance experience really helped.”
Although she is a co-captain, she has had her doubts about being on the team, and actually being good enough for the crowd.
“I wouldn’t say I was the best or even close,” said Salvhus. “I need to work on being loud and projecting my words.”
Many cheerleaders love her, the coaches are very proud, and Sarah is trying her hardest. Salvhus is being a great leader, and showing that she is ready for the spot she was given.
“She shows exceptional leadership skills and is very friendly to everyone on the team,” said Coach Cathy Messenger. “That’s why she received a captain position.”
Cheerleading is a place where Salvhus can relax, get her mind off things, and even though cheering takes a lot of effort, it’s a place where she can be comfortable.
“Cheer gives me warm fuzzy feeling and a place where I can relieve all my stress,” said Sarah Rose. “I cheer to get my mind off other things.”