Shaylee Roberts, a freshman at Helix High School, is one of the co-captains of the GHS cheer team and has been cheering for over four years.
Ever since she was five years old, Shaylee has wanted to be a cheerleader. “I was, like, five and I would watch football with my dad and I would always want to be one of those cheerleaders on the sidelines,” said Shaylee.
Shaylee first started cheering when she was seven years old, but it didn’t last long. By the middle of the school year, she dropped out because of the overwhelming amount of homework. Even after this Shaylee kept her love for cheerleading, and in the sixth grade she started again.
Shaylee was a student in Milton-Freewater when she started to cheer again. It was also at this time that her sister approached her, asking for advice on how to start a cheer program.
While helping her sister, 2017 Helix graduate Kyla Roberts establish the GHS cheer program, Shaylee transferred schools from Milton-Freewater to Helix.
Shaylee was in seventh grade when she transferred schools and became a cheerleader in Helix. Now she is a high school freshman and is one of the co-captains of the cheer team.
Shaylee hopes to continue cheering well through college, where she plans on studying to become a pediatric doctor.
Being a cheerleader is no easy task. ”Even just being the co-captain is a lot of work, especially if you’re getting behind on school work,” commented Shaylee. There is a lot of different tasks that cheerleaders do besides cheering at games. The cheerleaders at Helix are in charge of making the locker signs, making the signs for in the gym, all while coming up with new cheers and new dances.
Being a cheerleader can be difficult for other reasons also; one wrong move during a stunt is all it would take for an injury to occur, and an injury is bad news for a cheerleader. Being injured while doing a stunt can be very serious and also stop someone from being able to cheer again.
Keeping up on homework while being a cheerleader can be difficult; practice can cut into much needed homework time. “It is a lot of late nights honestly, like, doing your homework you stay up until past twelve or if you get home from a basketball game at twelve, then you are up till three doing homework, and then you only get, like, two hours of sleep,” said Shaylee.
Even with all of the struggles, according to Shaylee, “It is always worth it in the end.”
Cheerleading continues to provide many joys in both the lives of the cheerleaders and the lives of those who witness them. Cheering encourages players to do their best and not just anyone can be successful at it; cheering takes hard work, trust, and perseverance; cheering takes someone like Shaylee Roberts.