By: Elijah Hill, Contributing Writer
Uplifting the community with their acrobatics and high energy, Centralia High School (CHS) varsity and junior varsity cheer squad put on a showcase for the community.
The showcase performance the team put on was the varsity’s cheer number of their performance for their competition on October 3.
Preparation for this cheer number started all the way back in June, when Rebecca Kropf, CHS cheer coach and math teacher, hired a choreographer to help prepare the routine. “My favorite part of the routine is the stunt sequence because it is the most impressive part of the routine,” stated sophomore cheerleader, Natalie Kropf.
This is the first cheer showcase CHS cheer squad has done since fall of 2020 when they had to send out their performances virtually. Other than this performance, they sometimes participate in showcases in some Columbia area schools. Around fifty people including parents, family members and other supportive community members showed up to watch this amazing spotlight on cheer excellence.
One of the biggest reasons as to why they did this cheer showcase was because of the location of their competition. Cheer regionals took place in St. Louis and the state competition will take place in Cape Girardeau, meaning most parents and other people wanting to support the cheer team will not be able to attend.
“Our first competition was, Sunday, October 8 at Lindenwood University. This was a regional competition. We competed against eight schools and placed fourth. That qualified us for state and we will compete at the State Competition at SEMO in Cape Girardeau on December 9-10,”