Many people don't believe that high school sports impact students lives during or far after high school. I believe this to be wrong through personal experience. Cheerleading for Fortuna High School has influenced almost every aspect of my life and has made me stronger emotionally and physically.
During my four years cheering at Fortuna High School, I have met some of the most wonderful people and have been blessed with the best friends I have to this day. Cheerleading has given me an escape from life for two hours daily, something I could not be more thankful for. Being part of a sport has made me more focused and driven on grades, college and many other aspects of life. I have maintained a 3.5 GPA during all eight seasons of cheerleading and have been awarded with a scholar athlete award every season. Cheerleading has made a huge impact on my grades throughout high school.
Besides impacting my grades, cheerleading has also boosted my overall perception of myself. My sense of confidence has improved as well as my leadership skills from making up and teaching choreography and calling cheers at the games. I have learned to work with adults from experiences with my coach and assistant coaches. During my varsity years, I served as a role model to the junior varsity, earning the title “All Around Cheerleader” twice. This was an award voted on by my peers. Cheerleading has also influenced my work ethics. It has been a great character builder and this has helped me land my present job at Fortuna Ace Hardware and Fortuna Florist.
Upon graduating, I plan to continue working during the summer to earn money for college. In the fall, I will proceed with my education at a four year college that I have yet to decide. I plan of majoring in Art Education and eventually becoming an art teacher. My many skills brought forward from my high school cheerleading experience will help me in achieving my goals. I feel truly blessed to have been cheering for as long as I have...
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