Kight set for last shot at spirit nationals |

Kight set for last shot at spirit nationals

Shandra Kight didn’t envision herself being a high school cheerleader. That is, until she actually became one.

“(The Glenwood Springs cheerleaders) came to the middle school and I made fun of them,” Kight said. “A friend made me try out and I made it my freshman year and I loved it. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

Now Kight, who was selected by coaches and staff as the Glenwood Springs High School Athlete of the Week on Monday, is preparing for her fourth trip to the cheerleading nationals.

And, this being her senior year, she’s looking for a little something more than just making it to the elite competition.

“I have more of a goal to do my best,” Kight said. “Other years we’ve just kind of gone to go, but this year we want to be in the semifinals. There’s more of a goal to compete this year than any other year.”

Kight and the state champion Demon cheer team have certainly earned this weekend’s trip to Orlando, Fla. Along with attending the home Demon games, the Glenwood Springs cheerleaders also practice for 2-3 hours a day and have their own competitions.

With all that training, the goal is to make sure the routine goes off without a hitch at nationals. The key is for all the team members to trust the other to do their job and, in Kight’s case, the fliers have to trust that she won’t let them go crashing to the floor.

“We work on stunting from the very beginning of the summer up through the season just trying to gain that trust,” the back spot said.

Along with developing her own spirit skills, Kight is also a coach for the Wildcat youth cheerleading program at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

“I get to see from my coaches’ (perspective),” said Kight of coaching first- through fifth-graders “and how hard it can be for the coaches sometimes.”

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