Cheer to be Heard, Lead to be Seen

The Metronome’s Sports Reporter, Jillary Altamirano, Interviews Cheerleading Captains: Hassel Abrahante & Ashley Terrero

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Cheer to be Heard, Lead to be Seen

Cheerleader Captains, Ashley & Hassel, are excited to get the season going!

Cheerleader Captains, Ashley & Hassel, are excited to get the season going!

Tiffany Rampersad

Cheerleader Captains, Ashley & Hassel, are excited to get the season going!

Tiffany Rampersad

Tiffany Rampersad

Cheerleader Captains, Ashley & Hassel, are excited to get the season going!

Jillary Altamirano, Sports Editor & Locker Room Interviewer

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Cheer season is underway around at M.E.T.S Charter School with the full team announced after this year’s tryouts.. The team is being led by returning coach, Cassandra Casella, and returning Captains, Hassel Abrahante and Ashley Terrero, finished with the difficult task of filling all the open positions left vacant by last year’s graduating seniors.. Hassel Abrahante returns as captain for the second year.  Although Ashley was declared one of the captains last year, she was not able to finish the season due to an injury. Now, she has come back fully recovered and ready to support the basketball teams this season. When asked how they plan to make their last year on the team, the seniors intend to keep the team’s recipe for success, but plan on bringing a large new team membership to meet the challenges new members face.

 

The Metronome:  How do you plan on making this last year special?  

Ashley: This year is unique to any other year because of the dedication and determination we are going to infuse into building our new team. Our team is going to be unique and put in as much effort as if it was their last year too.                     

Hassel:  Since this is my senior year, I would love to have everything ready before the games with plenty of new original cheers. I won’t be here next year and as with the other teams in the school, it’s all about building a program. Although I am leaving, I want to make sure the girls who come back next year are confident and prepared for their next season.               

The Metronome: How do you come up with the cheers?    

Hassel: To be honest, it comes naturally. Maybe there’s a particular beat stuck in someone’s head and they have the basics down, many times we would just have to build off of that. We add movement and words to change the beat drummed by stomps, claps, snaps, and taps. The best cheerleaders just have fun with the beat.  

Ashley:  The cheers come together by playing around with different sound combinations until the team finds inspiration and come up with the words that support and flow with the movement. It’s not always so easy!  Often, we look for help with other teams, but in the end we make it our own.

The Metronome:  What does it take to become part of the team?

Hassel:  Dedication and persistence. It isn’t easy to create a cheer and perfect it in one try. You need to be devoted to improving yourself for the better of the team. Girls on the team should also be rational and enthusiastic. Always have energy and never let their attitude get the best of them.                  

Ashley: It takes hard work and dedication to be on the team.                                         

The Metronome:  What are you looking forward to most of all this season ?                                                     

Hassel :For sure the dance of course, personally I love when girls’ find confidence because they step out their comfort zone. I also look forward to the girls forming a family within the team.

Ashley: As is it our last season, I look forward to the practices and how Casella pushes the team to do their best. I will miss the amount of time I took perfecting one cheer or a part of the dance. At the games,  I will miss the way the crowd encourages us and cheer to show the girls that their hard work paid off. This is my last year so, I am going to miss everything about this team and after I graduate, wish them the best for next year.