Mount Si cheerleaders spread the love
February 3, 2011
By Sebastian Moraga
Next time you watch a tennis match, imagine Roger Federer trying to serve with a chorus of teenagers behind him yelling, “Gimme an R! Gimme an O! Gimme a G!”
Something similar happened a few months back, when the Mount Si Cheer Squad showed up to cheer at a tennis match.
“We got permission from the coach and made special cheers for tennis,” said Meg Krivanec, a junior cheerleader. “Our tennis team doesn’t have the best record, so it was nice to show our school still cares for them, even if they don’t bring home a win.”
The result was great for both the players and cheerleaders.
“The boys were so appreciative,” she said. “The football boys feel like we have to be there. That was one time we got more recognition than normal.”
From their gypsy-like approach to practice, never in the same place twice in a row, to the chronic perception that their to-do list includes looking cute and not much else, Mount Si cheerleaders feel unloved.
“People ask me, ‘Oh, but do you also play a real sport?’” Krivanec said. “I’m in Advanced Placement classes, so people ask, ‘So, how do you do both? Aren’t you supposed to be oblivious to what’s going on?’”
Chloe Villanueva, another junior, said cheerleaders are still thought of as airheads.
“People don’t support us, because they don’t think what we do is hard work,” she said.
Their perennial smiles play against them, Krivanec said. Since they are supposed to smile and make stunts, jumps and turns look easy, people think it is easy.
Behind the smile, the girls said, whirls a brain that has memorized 60-plus songs and a dozen dance routines.
“If someone said, ‘I want to do it because it looks easy,’” Villanueva said, “I would say, ‘Don’t even try.’”
Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or email@example.com.