Pep squad cheered
Post Independent Staff
Pep rallies are pretty standard stuff in high school.
But, when have you ever seen students cheer for their cheerleaders?
As odd as it appeared, the ceremony Tuesday honoring the Glenwood Springs cheer squad’s newly won state championship was well deserved.
“Up to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Glenwood Springs had six state championships. Now we have seven,” said Glenwood Springs High School Principal Mike Wells, setting the tone for the celebration at the school’s Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
It took a few moments for the Glenwood Springs High School cheerleaders to get accustomed to being in the spotlight, but they accepted the honor with praise, dignity and a little bit of embarrassment.
When the word got out to the student body about the pep rally, a student asked Courtney McCallum, one of the cheer squad’s co-captains, if the cheerleaders were going to attend.
She had to correct her friend.
“I told them it was for us,” she said.
And the cheerleaders welcomed the support.
Tessie Tracy, the squad’s other co-captain, had a hard time describing how she felt.
“This was unexplainable,” she said. “There aren’t words that can say how good it feels to have someone cheering for you, when you’re always cheering for someone else. It’s nice to see that they care.”
The crowd applauded as each of the 16 members of the competitive team and the team’s three other members, who perform at games and act as substitutes at competitions, were introduced by team coach Lynn Goluba.
Each cheerleader responded back by displacing a jump or tumbling stunt.
Goluba, along with fellow coaches Kim Richardson and Jody Jordan, thanked the squad for all their hard work, then turned the mike over to McCallum and Tracy. The girls took turns thanking the school’s administration, students, and parents for their support.
“It wouldn’t have been possible without you,” McCallum said of the parents’ contributions. “Having the student body’s support made cheering a lot more fun,” she added.
Tracy mentioned the support of the school’s booster club, and concluded her remarks by thanking “the three women who believed in us – our coaches.”
Wells announced that the state championship trophy will be prominently placed in the main lobby trophy case along with the school’s 1978 and 1980 state football trophies, the 1975, 1979 and 1984 golden basketball state awards and the hardware won by the 1994 girls’ track team.
Wells said a banner recognizing the cheerleaders’ accomplishment will be mounted on the wall in the gymnasium later in the school year.
The cheerleaders concluded the ceremony with a treat of their own – a flawless performance of the routine that earned them the state championship over 31 other squads competing in the Class 4A division at the Denver Coliseum.
Glenwood advanced to the four-team finals from the first-round preliminaries, then defeated Pueblo South, Brighton and Colorado Springs for the title.
The Demons averaged 93.2 points per judge out of 100 possible points, besting runner-up Pueblo South’s average by 1.2 points.
Contact Phil Sandoval: 945-8515, ext. 538
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Grace Wesseling is an animal lover, a cheerleader of seven years and another soon-to-be graduate of Bridges High School, class of 2021.