Now that there are no more football games, the Johnson cheerleaders are starting to prepare for competition season that is coming up in a couple of weeks.
Walking out the door, cello in hand, freshman Francesca Baldwin feels confident about the three to four minute solo ensemble performance she just gave at Madison high school. She has never made it this far in Orchestra UIL before. After completing her performance she then heads off to the cafeteria to wait for the results as determined by the judge who viewed her performance. Little did she know the news that awaited her in about an hour. “At first I didn't think we [my partner and I] could qualify for state. I didn't even know that was an option, or a thing we could do when I found out,” Baldwin said. “I heard that some people made state. I heard out of thousands of people that audition maybe a few 100 or something like that [qualify for state], but it made me happy that we earned it, and we worked hard for it.”
The bus ride was long, but the legacy that was created would last so much longer. An opportunity to make history was presented and they accepted it. The cheerleaders overcame obstacles and persevered through tough times to become the first winners of the UIL State competition.
Starting in 2010, the German club has been hosting its own version of a World Cup competition in agreement with the international World Cup tournament, an event that takes place every four years.