The arrival of August signifies the end of summer festivities and the transition back into an academic mindset. Though most students dread the idea of heading back to long school days, the Prosper High School cheerleaders look forward to the new school year as an opportunity to represent their school.
Julie Brantley, head cheerleading coach at Prosper High, has been working with the girls very closely in the last few weeks to assure they are fully prepared for the upcoming season. The high school cheer program is responsible for cheering at all home volleyball, football and basketball games, and will also participate in competitions of their own to showcase their skills.
The girls have already been active in the 2017-2018 season by participating in the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s cheer camp in July. Prosper, along with other teams in the surrounding area, is headed to TCU for the annual competition, in which all three squads – varsity, JV and freshman – attended. The camp is geared towards teaching new cheers, chants, dances and stunts to teams in preparation for the new year. After three days of competition and practice, Prosper’s squads took home top honors.
“(UCA camp) is an excellent opportunity for all the squads to bond as a team,” Brantley said. “I am proud of their results in those categories.”
Following UCA camp, on Aug. 5 Brantley and the team hosted their annual PYSA cheer camp. The camp is open to all PYSA cheerleaders who are graced with the opportunity to work directly with the PHS cheerleaders themselves. This provides an opportunity for future Prosper cheerleaders to become acquainted with current members of the squad, and allows the high school team to give back by coaching.
“(The PHS cheerleaders) are ‘buddies’ to the cheer teams while coaching them on cheers, chants and dances,” Brantley said. “There was also individual coaching time in which the PHS cheerleaders worked with their ‘buddy’ team on the skills their PYSA coach wanted them to focus on.”
The summer has given the girls a small taste of what to expect for the upcoming season, but as the first day of school approaches, the Prosper cheer team has more to look forward to than figuring out where their classes are and who they are going to sit by, as several events are approaching.
The first appearance of the season for the Prosper cheer team will be at Meet the Eagles on Saturday, Aug. 19. This is an opportunity for the public to meet all the members of the fall sports teams, and is a revered Prosper tradition. The team will also be traveling to Georgetown, and have the exciting opportunity to cheer at The Star, the acclaimed training facility, home to Dallas Cowboys. Aside from coordinating the annual homecoming parade, the team will also be participating in UIL cheer in January.