Not exactly bloody massacres, but cheer battles can be pretty serious. Battles usually take place on the mat, but occasionally an opposing school's cheer squad may "challenge" you by mimicking your cheers or traveling to your side of the field to show off their tumbling moves. One strives to maintain a friendly atmosphere and show good sportsmanship, while at the same time letting their opponent know they mean business.
It was battle of the cheerleaders and fans at a recent game and Eagle Pride prevailed! As visitors, during the opposing team's Senior Night, EHS Varsity Cheerleaders and the fans who love them showed off their school spirit by cheering loudly and robustly during the entire game. Steady drizzle graduated to steady rain but everyone was inspired by great plays and continuous touchdowns from our boys in white. The cheerleaders maintained smiles, executed pushups on the wet track and belted out cheers as if it was the first game of the season on a dry, sunny day. Long after the opposing team's cheerleaders packed up and left their own track, EHS Varsity Cheer continue to let it be known they were in the house!
As we prepare for the final game of the regular season and our own Senior Night, it is hoped all of that school spirit and pride carries forward throughout the week. Friday, November 4 is at home against Hayfield. The Battle of the Birds always makes for an interesting matchup and this week's game will be extra special. A review of both win/loss records reveals the Edison/Hayfield competition as probably the most even matchup in the National District. It's anyone's game to lose and we fully expect our Eagles to be the victor.
EHS Varsity Cheer will graduate 10 seniors -- two-thirds of the squad -- and they will definitely be missed next year. Congratulations to the Class of 2012...Allie, Ashley M, Caelyn, Dymond, Hannah, Hoda, Julianne, Monica, Nicole & Serena...good luck as you tackle SATs, college apps, and begin to make post-graduation plans.
Congratulations to our cheerleaders selected for All-District -- Dymond, Hannah, Julianne, Nicole & Stephanie. We wish everyone could be recognized for their hard work and perseverance this season!!
The Northern Region (Fairfax County, etc), as well as all regions across the state of Virginia, are holding district cheer competitions, paving the road to regionals and onward to State. The Virginia High School League (VHSL) regulates these cheerleading competitions, just as they do sideline cheer and all high school sports.
Dictionary.com gives the sociological definition of the word "competition" as a rivalry between two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common, usually resulting in a victory and a loser, but not necessarily involving the destruction of the latter.
With the first round of competitions under their belt, this definition provides an interesting perspective into what our girls are working toward. The object desired is the coveted title of National District Champion, accompanied by bragging rights for at least 12 months. The rival groups are our sister schools in the National District. The victor wins the title and they, along with the other top 3 teams, move on to Regionals. (Edison Varsity Cheer experienced the sweet taste of victory in 2007 and 2008.) The four remaining squads see their season end on October 25, and on October 26, they begin thinking how best to regroup and prepare for next year. "Without destruction to the latter" is in the eye of the beholder. "Destruction" rears in the form of the flawless execution of every element required...stunts, jumps, tumbling, dance, motions, facials, voice projection and spirit. It's a tall order to exhibit-to-perfection in just 2 minutes and 30 seconds. However, if that's what you strive for, that effort will show each time you step on the mat.
The nice thing about the sport of cheerleading is, even between the fiercest of rivals, congratulatory hugs (sometimes tears) often flow. Once scores are reviewed, pictures taken and belongings gathered, hordes of cheerleaders glide out of the gym with heads held high, ready to move on to their next "cheer thing."
GOOD LUCK to EHS Varsity Cheer next week at district finals. Your family, friends and fans love you and are so very proud of you!
Rebel Rally is a great invitational to participate in before district competitions. It's essentially a professional practice session. The squads show off the best of their routine and later return to the mat to fix what doesn't hit or doesn't work based on the scoring.
We are very proud of our JV sisters who competed - you looked great ladies!! While Varsity didn't take home a trophy, the squad had a ball and received great feedback to prepare for districts.
Hosted by Fairfax High School each year, who has hit upon a lucrative fundraiser, the competition is a medium for cheerleaders around the county to meet or reunite. Besides the fantastic routines on display by Freshman, JV and Varsity squads from all around, the girls have the opportunity to shake their hips during intermission and jump in to do the popular group dances such as the Cha Cha Slide and many others.
Professional photos taken during Rebel Rally 2011 are available for sale from the website below:
Check out our very own pictures (taken for free :-) in the PHOTOS section of this website and on Facebook.
We're halfway through cheer season, and if you thought September was busy, you haven't seen anything yet! The focus during this half of the season shifts to competitions, Homecoming and Senior Night. There are still five football games in the regular season, and while the sideline cheers are second nature at this point, it's time to amp up the stunts and tumbling as we prepare to compete at "Districts."
Mark your calendars and join us on Tuesday, October 18 for the National District Cheer Semis and again on Tuesday, October 25 for the National District Cheer Finals. Both begin promptly at 6:30p at Hayfield Secondary School. Bring your Eagle Pride and be ready to cheer loudly and proudly for your EHS varsity cheerleaders as they brave the path toward the National District Championship.
This is a special THANK YOU dedicated to all of our Edison Cheer Families for assisting with, and contributing to the various fundraising that has taken place all season.
Cheryl McMillan (Ashley M), our Fundraising Coordinator, deserves the biggest thanks of all! She graciously volunteered to take on the responsibility for the second year in a row, and has proven she's a pro at organizing activities, obtaining authorization from the powers-that-be, getting announcements out and tracking the money. Her time and talent is greatly appreciated and our fundraising success is due primarily to her.
Parent participation is the other component to our success this year. We have some very engaged moms and dads who have really stepped up with every request for donations of their time, supplies and enduring not-so-pleasant weather conditions for the good of the program. Your interest and involvement is genuinely appreciated by your athlete (even if they don't say it), the coach and the high school.
Lastly, the cheerleaders deserve a special thank you as well!! They give up their off days, the mornings they could sleep in, and sacrifice social lives in exchange of continuous time spent with teammates. However, the effort does not go unnoticed and Edison Varsity Cheer is a better program because of the sacrifice and parent support!!