Cheerleading Is Life

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When asked the question, “How has cheerleading been an impact on your life?” many responses come to mind. Being a cheerleader since age 5, the sport of cheerleading has been my primary focus and has had a major positive influence on my everyday life. During the many hours spent in the gym perfecting routines, stunts, and tumbling, I developed characteristics that are not only important in cheerleading but also in life. An important trait of any squad member is to be a person of good character. Emotions can run high whether it be preparing for a competition or cheering on your football team; a cheerleader must be energetic, optimistic, and composed. As the anticipation increases throughout the competition season, teams must continue to pull together and encourage one another in order to achieve the shared goal of a championship. Respect for other squad members allows the team to work cohesively toward a common goal. Cheerleaders develop friendships that will often last a lifetime. The squad becomes your second family, and together, the team grows and matures, developing life skills that will benefit each cheerleader forever. The sport of cheerleading teaches hard work, perseverance, competitiveness, and teamwork. Plus, the underlying qualities of a cheerleader, friendliness, optimism, respectfulness, and accountability are all skills that will benefit me in the future. These lessons lead me to explain the reasons I deserve this scholarship. I not only have put forth a recommendable effort in my academic career, staying on the all A Honor roll and maintaining a 4.0 GPA all four years of high school. I have also acquired Perfect Attendance Awards for every school year I have been enrolled in. This past year, I was bestowed the honor of being named a 2010 Governors Scholar, along with being named a UCA All-American Cheerleader. Along with many other honors and awards, these are two that I am most proud of because they show that I am well-rounded and a very driven...
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