The cheer squad of Summer Creek is on the rise. Since the schools arrival in 6A, the program has continued to grow as they have enough participation and interest to have a freshman team for a second consecutive year. This season varsity has 16 girls, junior varsity has 14, and freshman consists of 15. Although freshman cannot make varsity, there are 3 sophomores on varsity. The cheer program is led by Tennille Williams who has been with the Bulldogs since the school’s opening 6 years ago. A local product of North Shore HS, she was a captain on her cheer squad at Stephen F. Austin University her senior season.
The lady Bulldogs have two captains: Seniors Sydney Schell and Chrissy Poulsen. Both girls are former gymnasts at Juergen’s Gymnastics Academy that took a special interest directly with cheerleading. Schell is still weighing her options on which college to attend next year while Poulsen has considered institutions like the University of Houston and Texas A&M to study at but has yet to make a decision either.
Now that football is about half way through their season the girls had a chance to tell us about their experience so far. “We’ve had a lot of Thursday and Saturday games this season as opposed to Friday so that’s been an adjustment to get used to. But they love it,” Williams said. When the games are really close is when the squad gets really into the game and tries to bring out the energy of the crowd. “They’ve been really fun, especially the first game,” Schell said.
Although the squad is not competing in any competitions this year they are flourishing in the classroom as many of them are in AP classes. “They are super focused on school, which makes me happy of course!” Williams admitted. The girls often ask Williams if they can attend tutoring, as their grades are the top priority to them and Williams says she has no problem with them wanting to improve their grades in class. They still have football season, of course, and they also cheer at volleyball and basketball games. So it is indeed a year-round season that keeps them pretty busy.
Written by Mark M. Johnson