By: Suzee Crabtree, Contributing Writer
Rachel Haskell, Centralia High School (CHS) senior, signed with Central Methodist University (CMU) on Friday, March 4, to pursue a future in college cheer.
The signing took place in the CHS gym where Haskell’s family and friends showed up to support her.
Haskell, daughter of Jason and Sara Haskell, has been cheering for eight years. She participates in FFA, NHS, Orchestra and Cheerleading, and is a member of Centralia United Methodist Church.
Haskell expresses that she has a strong passion for cheer. “I like the way it feels whenever you've been working on a stunt for a long time and you get it. I also like being able to lead the students and being a person that little kids can look up to,” Haskell said.
Haskell decided to sign for CMU for many reasons. Last summer, she traveled to CMU’s campus and talked with their coaches. She enjoyed talking to them and also liked the size of the academic programs. She felt that with their smaller size, she would have more one-on-one time with teachers.
Haskell is excited for the new changes and opportunities college will offer. To Haskell, CMU feels the most like home. “I am looking forward to meeting new people and expanding my horizons, as well as enhancing my knowledge and future career path,” Haskell said.
Haskell plans to major in Elementary Education and eventually become a first grade teacher or special education teacher. She also hopes to coach cheer at some point down the road.