Navy, Silver, and Teal

The Juan Diego Cheer team is back and bigger than ever.

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Navy, Silver, and Teal

The 2019-2020 Juan Diego  Cheer team huddled up before their first halftime.

The 2019-2020 Juan Diego Cheer team huddled up before their first halftime.

The 2019-2020 Juan Diego Cheer team huddled up before their first halftime.

The 2019-2020 Juan Diego Cheer team huddled up before their first halftime.

“There are 40 of you, yet I can still hear myself talking” is something that is heard regularly by the Juan Diego’s Cheer team. Juan Diego gained about twenty new members on the cheer team this past April and lost one of their main coaches. Although having a big team has quite a few beneficial aspects to it, it has added more pressure on the coaches and returners of the Juan Diego Cheer team but has influenced new ideas and has allowed the team to make a bigger presence on the Juan Diego campus. 

Last years 2018-2019 cheer team had twenty-three girls on the team, nine of them being seniors. This 2019-2020 Cheer team has thirty-nine members, which has doubled from last year’s team. “Having both a small team and a large team has its benefits.” Coach Mackenzie Smith said, “Having a smaller team allows the coaching staff to have more individualized time with each athlete. Larger teams allow us to support more events and have a larger presence on campus and in the community,” Smith said.

Karolyna Garcia is the only returning senior from last year’s team, which has added more pressure and responsibility on her shoulders. “I feel a lot more pressure and responsibility this year. I don’t think it’s necessarily because of how many people we gained but more because of how much I realized I really care about everyone on the team and program in general” Head Cheerleader Karolyna Garcia said. 

The new team members have worked for the past five months to learn new dances, improve tumbling, work on stunting, improve jumps and kicks, etc. “I joined the cheer team on a whim, and I’m so glad I did.” Sophomore Mark Stevens said, “The main thing I learned is to turn off your brain and just do it. I’ve learned so much about cheer, and gained such a higher respect for all the cheerleaders.” Mark Stevens finished. The Juan Diego 2019-2020 Cheer team is ready to take on the sidelines and put their blood, sweat, and tears into this season.