By Hannah Clark
The Pep Squad will partake in the ShowMakers of America competition held on Saturday, March 5 at O’Connor High School.
“I think they will do amazing at this competition,” senior and pep officer Madeline Harrison said. “The talk tapes and the critiques they took really well and now it’s just the final push.”
The Pep Squad also participated in an all-day competition at McNeil High School in Round Rock, Texas. On Saturday, Feb. 20, which was the first time the Pep Squad took the competition floor together as a team.
“I was nervous, but when I got on the floor I had fun,” freshman Jillian Jones said. “And the more I preformed the less nervous I became.”
The girls placed second in all three dances such as jazz, military, and pom. They only competed against the Johnson Pep Squad.
“We could have done better, but we were nervous, and we were only going against Johnson,” sophomore Mabry Page said. “In two weeks at ShowMakers of America, we will do better.”
The girls used the 2-hour bus ride there and back to bond by listening to music and telling stories.
“On they way back I fell asleep on Regan [Guerrero] lap while listening to music,” Page said.
With the help of officers from the Lancer Dancers and pep instructor Nicole Casey, pep as a team has grown.
“Most of them have never danced in their life before pep squad, and now they are doing skills that a dancer would do, and it’s pretty impressive,” Casey said. “They look like rock stars.”
All of the long practices have really payed off for the girls on pep.
“[The practices] have helped because all the cleaning and holding positions have helped us with muscle memory,” Page said
The officers are proud at how far the team has come.
“I loved watching them come together as a team and work together instead of individually,” Harrison said.