5,6,7,8—The routine began and my heart dropped. This would be the performance we’d been working for, the last time I’d perform with three of my best friends and the end to one amazing year. Needless to say, this year has been eventful. Starting the year off with a new coach and team, I’ll admit I had my doubts. But, through the controversy and different outlooks, our team finally became one. The hard work in creating this amazing routine had paid off. The open mat, spotlights on us, and the cheering crowd were all we needed to get the momentum starting. Our warm up had been flawless. Our performance would be no different. Before taking the floor, my team, my second family, gathered for a pep talk that brought seniors and others to tears. As soon as I stepped foot on that mat my nerves went away. I knew that I was going to rock this routine. Throughout the routine, I got my smile back. The excited feeling of accomplishing something I was proud of could be seen on my face. As the routine came to a close, a couple mishaps occurred, but nothing major. The crowd was on their feet and my heart was pounding. Lately, my cardio routine has been out of wack because of the weather so I wasn’t as strong as usual. I think it was pounding in exhaustion and excitement. We exited the floor and went backstage and all I could do was hug my best friend Courtney. That was my last time performing with her at IHSA Cheer State; a memory that I will never forget. I have been blessed with an amazing team and the friends I have made. I could not be more proud of everyone’s performance. Who cares that a pyramid came down early? Who cares that someone cradled early? We got through this, as a team, as a family. We left all the drama, hardships and doubts that occurred all year out on that mat.
Stay tuned for another viewing of our performance at an upcoming ISU Redbird Men’s Basketball game!