Jesup HS cheer brings home second place finish at State
By Alexis Ohl

The Jesup cheer squad, coached by Sarah Nolan, has been growing in size and in their support for the J-Hawks.

Recently, the Jesup High School cheer team competed at State in Des Moines on Sat., Nov. 6 to be judged on their performance in the “Time Out” category.

Zowie Sylvester, senior cheerleader, said, “Our goal was to beat third place. We have been doing State cheer for three years and for the past two years we have placed third.”

Competing for the first time, Ava Nolan said, “I felt very nervous but also excited.”

Coach Sarah Nolan said, “In order to be part of the competition team, you must cheer some sort of high school sideline cheer, whether it is football, basketball or wrestling.”

Coach Nolan also said the tryouts are based on criteria such as motions, jumps and facial expression.

The 14 girls on the team showed up to compete against 12 other schools in the same category. Judges based performances on skills such as jumping technique, crowd effectiveness, signs and props, use of the floor and formation variety.

Ava Nolan also explained that “jumps, arm motions, volume and sharpness” were part of the critique.

The Jesup team proved that their hard work and dedication paid off with a second place finish.

“It showed me that we are very good cheerleaders and we do a very good job even when people don’t believe in us,” said Sylvester.

Madison Bauler’s individual goal was to do her best. She said, “I was the flyer in the stunt and really wanted to make sure the stunt hit. I didn’t want to let the team down, and/or most importantly, myself.”

Ava Nolan said, “I was extremely happy because it felt like we accomplished something we had spent so long working on. It felt like all of our practices, early mornings, and hard work had paid off.”
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