the end of an era // Worlds 2016

One more time.

You have 2 times left. 5 minutes on the mat. That’s all.

10 years ago you started this journey and practices never ended.

Until yesterday, your last standing tuck in the gym. Your last performance. Your last time.

You have sacrificed everything for a dream that only you can see.

You spend hours upon hours working to get a skill.

You have fallen on your face more times than not, but you got up every time.

You have trusted your bases and you made your flyer feel confident.

You listened to your coaches.

You put your heart and soul on the mat.

You did everything to be the best athlete.

You worked harder every day and you never gave up.

You went full out over and over until it was right.

You showed yourself and your team that you are not mentally weak.

You learned a million lessons and you tried your best.

You put in the work.

You did all you could in the gym.

Now you travel to Orlando.

ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Prelims.

Finals.

The end of an era.

Make it count.

 

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The Final Practice

All good things come to an end, but are you truly ready for your time to be done forever. Being a senior has it’s perks you get to leave school early and do fun things like senior skip day and run around during the day, but it also has its lows, you have your senior night for school sports and you come to the day like today where your sport has its last actual practice of the season and for you forever. For the past 10 years I have been an athlete on a cheerleading team sometimes the same team sometimes different teams, but over the years I learned so much about myself and I’ve grown as a person.

For the past 7 years I have been apart of The Stingray Allstars. Stingrays has been the greatest place for me and my family, we were welcomed in with open arms and we were treated like family on our first day. Scott East had never seen me tumble and I had a torn ligament in my ankle with a boot on and he wanted me on his youth level 4 team, Yellow. I fell in love on the spot.

Not only did I fall in love with the team, I fell in love with cheerleading as a whole. I love every second of wearing the uniform and representing the greatest gym in the world. I love being a part of something so much bigger than myself. I love being a part of a team and meeting new people. I love meeting people around the country. I love the rush of adrenaline when you walk upon the stage and thousands are screaming for you.

There is so much to love about every second of it. I was lucky enough to be a part of Stingray Allstars Orange… Orange may have so much history, but behind the history lies the legacy and all the athletes before me. 3 years ago, I was lucky enough to make Orange. I never in a million years thought I would and I was young.. I was 15 when I made the team.

Before I made the team I looked up to the girls on the team , for example when I was 11, McKenzie Rutan stopped her tumbling class to ask me about my day and how I was doing I remember standing on the tumble track with the mat over it and being shocked that THE McKenzie Rutan was talking to me and also being so genuine and nice. Little did I know I’d backspot her 4 years later. Maeghen McCutchen always helped me with my standing tuck and she would stop anything to talk to me. I wanted to take pictures just like her when I was little. Often times I’d catch myself staring off into Orange’s practice hoping one day I could be like them. I learned all their musics and knew the motions. Hailey Bednar was always someone I looked up too and I got to backspot her on Spice before she made Orange and she was always doing something great for the gym and the community, I always looked up to that. Erica Levy, Stephanie Carlquist, Emily Peecher, Taylor Watson, Cat Haley, and the list could go on and on.. I looked up to these girls in and out of the gym.

In 2014, I won The Cheerleading Worlds. I can’t describe that feeling it was better than anything I’ve could have ever imagined. I have hit a few incredible routines that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am coached by the greatest cheerleading coach in the world, Roger Schonder you are hands down the most incredible mentor and coach I could ask for. I was lucky enough to be a part of Orange legacy and I will take it with me in my life forever. Tonight marks my last official practice as an Orange girl and our showcase is Wednesday before the 2016 Cheerleading Worlds and the end of my journey.

Thank you to Stingrays and Orange for making me the person I am today.

For all you Orangies and future Orangies, enjoy every single second. It goes by in the blink of an eye. (I know it seems like it’s forever away now) I hope you remember what it’s like to be a part of the greatest legacy in Allstar Cheerleading. Please hold on to the people you love for the longest you can. And last but not least keep the legacy alive. SYS, Faith and Big Hugs.

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