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Cheer team tryouts commence for next year

Rachel Matatyaou
Incoming freshman and Carlmont students alike warm up for their May 16 tryouts sporting pink outfits.

As Carlmont’s 2017-18 school year draws to a close, next year’s cheerleading team is already ramping up. Tryouts were held from May 15 to May 18, led by coaches Christie Lind Boyce and Kalina Wasman.

Over the course of the four-day tryouts, athletes were evaluated on abilities such as their level of dance skill, athleticism, and ability to remember cheer routines. According to Wasman, 40 students showed up to try out for the cheer team; Wasman and Boyce plan to end with a roster of 22 to 30 students.

The first three days of tryouts consisted of learning various cheer routines and jump sequences.  On the last day, athletes were tested on the execution of the skills they were taught.


For each day of tryouts, students dressed up according to a theme. The theme for Tuesday was neon, Wednesday was pink, Thursday was sports day, and Friday was silver, blue, and white.

“We theme each tryout because it lets students show how much effort they’re going to put in. If they are really into tryouts we can see that through the effort put into their outfits,” Wasman said.

Incoming freshmen are the biggest addition to the cheer team and make up a large percentage of potential team members.

“I wanted to try out because I have always wanted to do cheer and I’m excited to join a community of girls that are always there for each other. So far, my experience has been really good,” said incoming freshman Anna Wilkinson. “I was nervous at first because I expected everyone to be harsh, but it turns out everyone is really kind.” 

Because students from the team last year do not have a guaranteed spot in the upcoming season, they are required to try out again. However, some feel that tryouts are less stressful for experienced students.  

“Freshman year I was really nervous [to try out] because I didn’t know anyone, but now that I’ve been on the team I’m more comfortable,” said sophomore Isabella Reyes. “It’s important to show confidence and smile a lot.”

The coaches are looking towards the new year with optimism and have set new goals for the upcoming season.

“My overall hopes for the cheer team is that the girls become a strong, unified team and that help promote school spirit. I also would like them to excel their skills as athletes over the course of the year. I want the girls to set an example for others at Carlmont and also in our community.” Wasman said.

About the Contributor
Rachel Matatyaou, Publicity Director
Rachel Matatyaou is a senior at Carlmont High School. This is her third year in the program and she is the publicity director. She enjoys playing soccer and spending time with family and friends. In her free time, she loves going to the beach. To check out her portfolio, click here. Twitter: @rachelmatatyaou  

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