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Elizabeth Flaharty: School spirit

School has begun, and with it comes many ball games and school activities. There are two sports that I will highlight in my letter today. The first is cheerleading, and the second is softball.

The definition of a cheerleader is “one who leads excited cheers or urgent messages.” This means that they lead the community in these excited cheers; it does not mean that they scream their little hearts out for a two-hour game to get no response or little response from the fans. They have worked hard this summer putting in many hours of practice to make themselves a presentable group to lead our school in school spirit. I grew up in the days of “Pep Club” – and I’m sure I’m not the only one. A pep club was a group of students who sat together in shirts of the similar nature and yelled out the cheers with the cheerleaders. Those days have long since passed; however, I believe we should show our young people the kind of respect they deserve. When the cheerleaders are out there yelling for the fans to respond, take some initiative and show some school spirit. My youngest thinks I’m embarrassing when I cheer with the cheerleaders; however, I’m not embarrassed to show my school spirit. What is embarrassing to me is when the opposing team, who has no cheerleaders, is louder yelling for their team than our hometown fans. So during the next home football game, let’s hear those cheers loud and clear and show our hardworking football players and cheerleaders that we appreciate their hard work on the field.

The second sport I would like to highlight is the fastpitch softball team. This is a fairly new sport to the high school, but it is well worth watching. Again, these young women have worked hard practicing and learning the game. Last year, they had a lot of out-of-town games; however, this year they have several home games. It would be nice to see some fans in the stands supporting them. You can catch all the dates for games and activities on http://www.highschoolsports.net.

Let’s all go out and support all of our young people and show that school spirit.

Elizabeth A. Flaharty

Steamboat Springs

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