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Junior Journalist Update from Eisenhower – By Rylee J.

Red, blue, white! Soaring to the top. Lead on Ike, we just won’t stop! This is just one of the cheers at Eisenhower Junior High. I interviewed Mrs. Sarah Rodriguez, an eighth grade math teacher and eight-year cheer coach. The cheer team will be supporting our 2017 boy’s basketball team facing all middle schools in District 54. She talked about school spirit and what it truly means to be an Eagle.

Q: What are your ideal characteristics of a team?
A:  I look for a positive attitude, good sportsmanship, commitment to the team, and being supportive for your teammates.

Q: How does a routine practice look?
A: We start with a warm-up stretch and practice the halftime dance, maybe some new sideline cheers or different stunts.

Q: Are there any new cheers this year?
A: The halftime dance changes each year by the coaches and sideline cheers are mostly the same, if no one introduces new cheers to us.

Q: I’ve noticed some boys are trying out this year, is this an exciting change?
A: It’s always nice to have some (boys) on the team. In the years I’ve coached there has been about one or two boys on the team. Everyone is welcome, but it all depends on who tries out.

Q: Is this the first year we have a poms team?
A: Yes, other schools usually have a separate poms team but this is our first one (poms team). I’m excited for another team so more kids can have the opportunity.

Q: What’s your final advice to everyone interested in cheer or poms?
A: To try your best, of course and being proud of yourself whether you make the team or not. But most of all, HAVE FUN!

Mrs. Rodriguez said it best – at the end of the day everyone must remember you don’t have to have a uniform to support your school. Wish our Eagles luck out there!

District 54’s Junior Journalists are seventh- and eighth-grade students from each of our junior high schools and Lincoln Prairie School who write monthly stories about their building for the District 54 website.