22-23 SMHS Cheer Weekly Preview


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Weekly Inspo!!!

This week in the Knights Cheer World

April Calendar

Events by Day....

MONDAY 04/25/2022

  • Rally Practice in Cheer Room @ 4pm-7pm

TUESDAY 4/26/2022

  • Planet Fitness Event- Participants will leave 6th period 3pm to change and get across the street. If you do not drive please meet in front of school by 3:19pm and we will walk over as a group.

WEDNESDAY 04/27/2022

  • Rally Practice in Gym @ 4pm-7pm

THURSDAY 04/28/2022

  • Discover SM Knight-need volunteers to wear uniforms and help man our table during the event. Time TBA.

FRIDAY 04/29/2022

SATURDAY 04/30/2022

  • MANDATORY ALL TEAM PRACTICE @ 8:30AM-Pajama Themed! Wear your best jammies! Best Jammy Award will be awarded.

April Birthdays!

April is the fourth month of Gregorian calendar, but it is also the month when the warmth of Spring can best be felt. The month of April kicks off with the silliness and lightheartedness of April Fool's Day, but the mood quickly shifts as Tax Day approaches. Internationally, April is just as important. Whether it is Earth Day, Freedom Day in South Africa, or Buddha's Birthday , the month of April holds many other memorable events across the globe.

The two zodiac signs associated with the month of April are Aries and Taurus. People born from April 1st to April 19th are members of the Aries sign. The Aries can be identified by their innate determination and passion. For those born from April 20th to April 30th, they are born under the Taurus sign. The earthly Taurus is recognized by realistic, pragmatic and practical nature. For more information on those born in April, consult the horoscopes listed below.


Mackenzie R. 4/25

Elle D. 4/12

Junior Varsity

Janaiah R. 4/17


Rylee K. 4/22

SMHS CHEER SPOTLIGHT: Riley Goodspeed-Varsity

Riley Goodspeed is a junior member of the varsity cheer team and this will be her third year in the SMHS cheer program. Here are some interesting things to know about our girl Riley:

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Food: Pizza

Hobbies: Snowboarding, reading, movie-watching

Favorite sport: Love watching football

Who is someone you look up to the most? Someone I look up to are my parents. They are always setting the best example for me of what it is like to be kind, compassionate, and overall just great people. I hope to be like my parents when I am older and will never be able to express enough gratitude towards them.

What do you want to be when you grow up? When I am older I hope to be a veterinarian.

Awards/Accolades: Silver Honor Roll

Two words that describe you: Funny and Responsible

SMHS CHEER SPOTLIGHT: Destiny Thornton-Junior Varsity

Destiny Thornton is a sophomore member of the junior varsity cheer team and this will be her second year in the SMHS cheer program. Here are some interesting things to know about our girl Destiny:

Favorite Color: Black

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Sport: Cheerleading

Hobbies: Reading, Exercising, Listening to music

Who is someone you look up to and why? My mother because she’s an all around amazing person and she is very organized, a go getter, and she used to be a cheerleader plus she is my best friend.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Forensics Science Technician

Any awards/accolades that you have earned: Best Tumbling

Two words that describe you:

Funny & Reliable

SMHS CHEER SPOTLIGHT: Cameron Ocheltree-Freshman

Cameron(Cami) Ocheltree is a member of the new freshman cheer team and this is her first year in the SMHS cheer program. Here are some interesting things to know about our girl Cami:

Favorite color: blue

Favorite food: steak

Hobbies: baking, reading, tumbling

Who is someone you look up to and why? I look up to my mom because she works to put everyone else first.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a scientist when I grow up!

Two words that describe me; energetic and gregarious.

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Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

As we begin another new season, it’s the perfect time to reevaluate and reset your goals. Just as you have grading sheets with clearly defined objectives and guidelines for school projects, applying that same thought and definition to your cheerleading agenda will help clear a cluttered mind and direct your focus.

  1. Get Going
    Write down the big, important items your team will need to prepare for in the next three months, six months, nine months and year. This should cover summer camp, football season, basketball season and competition. Think of runners when they sign up for a race; they have a clearly marked finish line. Set your own finish line with checkpoints and deadlines along the way to keep you on track. For example, if the finish line is nationals, checkpoints might include choreography sessions, full-out practices and halftime performances.
  2. Organize
    Now that you’ve thought about your needs, organize your notes to formulate a plan. Buy a planner or download a calendar – whatever works best for you. Planning this far out may seem like a lot, but think of all of the material you get at camp and how you can use it throughout the year to meet your needs. For example, consider using a dance from camp at your first pep rally or a stunt sequence you learned as part of your pre-game performance. Knowing this ahead of time will give you a better idea of what classes you should attend at camp and will lessen the workload (and stress!) once school starts back up.
  3. List it out & Check it off
    There’s something really satisfying about checking items off a list. With so many things to accomplish in the coming weeks and months, don’t get down on yourself for not finishing everything. Stay positive! Check off the items you were able to get done and don’t feel bad about shifting tasks and deadlines in order to reach your ultimate goal. As long as you are moving toward your finish line, you are heading in the right direction!

by Kelsey Werling

Coaches Corner

Hey team! I just want you all to know that I am super psyched to be taking over for Coach Heather! I know that she left some big CHEER shoes to fill but I am up for the challenge! I truly had a great experience when I cheered in highschool and I hope to bring my competitive spirit, love for leading crowds, stunting, and making life-long friendships to you all! For my returners, I want you all to feel comfortable coming to me and sharing any concerns that you may have as we go through this coaching transition. I know that change is not always easy but I will do my best to get your input as much as possible and do what is right for our cheer fam! I am excited to work closely with Coach Gabby and Coach Armando to make this the best year yet! Remember always to exude that KNIGHT PRIDE, Keep It Classy, and Gooooooo KNIGHTS!!!

CAMP PREP! 5 Summer Camp Must-DO's

It’s that time of year again! Cheer camp is an exciting beginning to an awesome season. It’s a time for working hard, but also a time to create new memories. Make your experience one to remember with these five camp must-dos.

1. Get to know your teammates.
Cheer camp is the kickoff to your season. Whether you’re new to the team or a returning member, each year brings new faces and new personalities. Bonds need to be established early in order to set the tone for a successful season. Camp is the perfect opportunity to create these bonds! One night during camp, my squad has a “team talk” where we get to know each other a little better. Try it!

2. Interact with other squads.
There will be many teams at camp. It’s always a great idea to talk to squads you might see at games or competitions later in the year. It’s nice to have another team rooting for you, and it’s just as nice to be able to return the favor. Bring an extra team t-shirt to camp and swap it with someone from another squad. I always have fun collecting shirts and seeing other teams rock our school colors.

3. Try new things.
Going into camp, your team may already have a general idea of what type of stunts you want to achieve by competition season. But always keep an open mind. Every year the instructors teach new, innovative stunts that are definitely worth trying. There are so many great skills to learn; you never know what could end up working for your team.

4. Listen to your instructors.
After the second day of camp, you’ll probably be exhausted from all that cheering. This may make it harder to execute new skills, or maybe your team just isn’t ready to take on those stunts yet. If there’s information you want to remember (and there will be!), bring your instructors’ advice back home with you. Have your coach write down important points or record specific skills so that when you’re ready, you will be able to practice them using proper technique.

5. Have fun!
It seems obvious, but sometimes we become too focused on perfecting a dance or hitting a stunt that we forget the most important thing – having fun! There are so many ways to enjoy your camp experience; playing games, holding a talent show or dressing up for a themed event are just a few ideas. Try not to become frustrated if you can’t hit a skill. Take a water break and a deep breath, and come back with patience. At the end of the day, remember why you cheer – because it’s fun!

by: Madeline Kentner, as seen in the summer 2015 issue of American Cheerleader