Many crazy things happened in 2020, including a global pandemic, a chaotic election, and for junior Maggie Ross, one state championship title.
Ross said winning the cheer state championship title just a few weeks before the pandemic hit was her best accomplishment of 2020.
She and her team started practicing in October of 2019 for the competition that would happen in March of 2020 while also continuing to cheer at football and basketball games, she said.
“We had practices almost every day in order to perfect our routine,” Ross explained.
She said the team had to work out a lot to increase their stamina and flexibility so that everyone was in shape, and they had to run the routine many times to make sure everything worked consistently.
“It was a very hard thing to do, which is something that an outsider might not have realized,” she said. “Every single one of us had to give it our all in order for it to work.”
Ross explained that being a sophomore on the competition team meant she had to learn a lot quicker because she had less experience than most of the members on the team, but it was worth it.
“Once we won, it was the best feeling in the world,” Ross said. “We were all in so much shock, and it didn’t really sink in until we were on the bus going home.”
Winning has made her much more motivated this year because the team has to work a lot harder to be even better than before, she said.
“In such an uncertain year, this competition was something that I still look back on as one of the best moments of my life,” she said. “Having such a strong team who all cared so much about how we did…was so rewarding.”