On the evening of Thursday, March 10th, family and friends of HMS cheer gathered in Helper Middle School’s gymnasium to support their young athletes as they wrapped up their 21-22 athletic season. Coached by Heele Eden and Brittany Draper, the 21-22 cheerleading team showed off all they have learned this year.
The program began with the coaches recognizing their athletes individually. This year’s team consisted of:
8th Graders: Braquae Marvidakis, Anya Taylor, Maddox Wood-Davis, and Matthew Kollar as the Ram’s mascot
7th Graders: Lux Barker, Gabriela Bencomo, Reagan Branagan, Ali Campbell, Natalie Marvidikis, Chloe Odendahl, Mya Ori, Brylen Robertson, and Sabrina Sharp
6th Graders: Riley Christensen, Kahlan Cunningham, Kianna Ori, Emylee Ramsey, Olivia Rondinelli, and Myra Taylor
Following the introduction of the team, the athletes were able to showcase their dances from this year. Among their routines were dances choreographed by the USUE cheerleaders, both coaches, HMS alumna Indy Gray, and various members of the team. The team ended the program with team pictures and hugs all around.
Quotes from the coaches on this year’s team and working together for the first time.
Coach Draper says, “Our 21-22 season was one for the books! Our cheerleaders have gone through a lot with learning new rules, drama, injuries and having structure from new coaches. The girls we finished the year with, were so much fun and had a blast learning about cheer. I have loved getting to know these kids and feel so rewarded when I see them doing amazing things and being kind throughout the school day. They have come so far from the first of the season and never gave up! With this being our first year coaching together, I am grateful for having someone who has similar coaching styles as me and I have earned a forever friend. I want to wish our 8th graders luck at Carbon, and hope they all continue to cheer!”
Coach Heele says, “What an amazing first year this has been. This year, Brittany and I worked well together, had high hopes and expectations for what we wanted our team to look like and what goals we wanted them to reach. Helper Cheerleaders are amazing and have improved so much. The girls worked well together and showed us they could do hard things. Their dedication, leadership, and skills never went unnoticed. Way to go HMS Cheer!”
The love these coaches have for their team is obvious. Congratulations on a great year HMS cheer!