After watching her older sister participate in the sport eight years ago, rising Alpharetta High School Senior Madison Cloer knew that she too wanted to be a cheerleader.
“I fell in love with the sport and instantly knew that I wanted to try out for it the next season. I have been cheering ever since,” said Madison Cloer.
She was a Stingrays All-Star cheerleader for six years and spent many hours in the gym perfecting my skills.
Through hard work and dedication, Cloer earned a place as a Varsity Sideline Cheerleader at football games and as a Varsity Competition Team cheerleader, her freshman year.
Cloer described the achievement as “very rewarding to know that all of my hard work and dedication paid off.”
According to Cloer, Alpharetta Cheerleaders are “very involved within our school as well as within the Alpharetta community.”
During football season, the squad meets twice per week for practice, once in the beginning of the week, then Friday for games.
“On game days, we stay after school until game time so that we can get ready for the game and prepare everything needed such as the banners and flags,” she said.
Cheerleaders are also in charge of creating spirit banners to display in the cafeteria during the school week.
On the other days of the week, Cloer is practicing for the varsity competition squad.
“As a varsity competition cheerleader, we must devote a lot of time to improving our skills as a team. We practice every day after school from August until mid-November,” said Cloer.
She expressed that the practices are a must, “to ensure that we can put forth the best routine for the judges at our competitions.”
Cloer describes tumbling as “the most challenging aspect of cheerleading.”
“It is so personal to every member on the cheerleading team,” she said.
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