Broken Arrow varsity cheerleaders make All State team
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Recently, two of Broken Arrow’s varsity cheerleaders made the Oklahoma All State cheer team. The Oklahoma All State team is a compilation of 16 cheerleaders that made the team, out of the 64 cheerleaders that tried out.
Seniors Amanda Mages and Maya West from BAVC made the All State team this year representing Broken Arrow.
“They have to make up their own cheer to words that are provided. They have to perform that cheer, jump and tumble. We had them show us their cheers beforehand and made minor adjustments so that they would score better. Jumps and tumbling are judged according to a rubric so I helped them to decide what tumbling pass they could do that would score the highest,” varsity cheer coach Amy Howe said. “ We were very excited for them when we found out they made the team. It was not surprising they did so well because they are both very talented cheerleaders.”
Oklahoma All State try outs consist of showing the judges a cheer, a standing and running tumbling pass, and jumps. The judges make a decision based on your skill and execution level. The tryouts run from division 2A to division 6A and at least one athlete from each division must be chosen for the All State team.
“It was nerve racking, but my coaches had prepared us well and because of that we weren’t as nervous,” West said. “My favorite part was doing the tumbling passes with loads of other really good tumblers, and the most nerve racking part was doing the cheer alone in front of the judges.”
The All State team members get to cheer at All State basketball games this summer, perform a halftime show and will receive a ring for being a part of the team.
“It was very scary to me, you did everything one by one and everyone was watching you. The most nerve wracking part was when you had to perform the cheer individually,” Mages said. “I’m most excited to cheer with girls from other schools around the state.”
The All State cheer team will start practicing this summer to get ready for their games.