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Cheer Takes Runner-Up Honors at Lago Vista Invitational

Pushing through the final part of the routine, midway through their fight song, cheer looks to impress the judge with their energy and pep. The fight song closed up their routine well which gave the judges a lasting impression.

On Saturday, Dec. 30 Westwood Cheer competed at the Lago Vista Invitational cheer meet. Cheer performed their final version of their UIL spirit routine that consisted of three parts: band dance, cheer, and the famed Westwood fight song performance. The Warriors took home division runner up in the 6A category after a quality performance filled with representations of their skill and energy.

To open their performance, the first part of their routine was their performance of the band dance, performed to the song ‘September’, which gave their routine a high-energy start. The strong and decisive motions coupled with their abundance of spirit left the judges with a strong first impression.

“I like our band chant because it’s high energy and I think it sounds good together,” Giada Scaramuzza ‘25 said.

After their band dance performance the Warriors transitioned straight into the game day situational portion of their routine. Leading into their situational competition the energy took a hit which was reflected in their voices and motions. In the situational portion of the competition the announcer gives an offensive or defensive situation and the team must lead a chant in support of the right side. Francie Smith ‘24 correctly identified the situation and Westwood performed the offensive version of their chant. Leading into their situational and cheer the energy took a hit which was reflected in their voices and motions. All stunts and skills were executed safely though resulting in a zero deduction cheer meaning all skills were executed safely and no rules were violated.

“One of my strengths is crowd effectiveness,” Cassie Trigg ‘26 said. “Crowd effectiveness is being loud and assertive and looking like you enjoy what you’re doing.”

Closing off their routine with the fight song the Warriors ended on a high note. The fight song brought a good ending to their routine by giving a final show of their strong execution and energy. However the execution of the group toe touch brought their score down due to poor technique. This gave Westwood a zero deduction routine overall, and set them up with hopes for final judging.

“I think we need to change the end of the fight song,” Amber Howell ‘24 said. “We should do a spell out or call back, and we need to take out the toe touch because our landings are not synchronized.”

Westwood cheer will take the stage at UIL Spirit State Championships in the 6A Division 1 category in Fort Worth on Saturday, Jan. 6.


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Lilah Schlanger
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Hi! I like writing and design. I'm very happy to be apart of student press! I enjoy cheerleading, being with my friends and family, and listening to music.

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