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Competition Cheer Team is Western Conference Bound

Stunting into second place, Robinson cheer gears up to face 12 of the best teams in Hillsborough County at East Bay High School on Jan. 23
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(From left to right) Maile Abel (’26), Katelyn Boyd (’26) and Laura Smith (’26) stand strong during stunt.

Entering rival territory, the Robinson Competition Cheer team traveled to Plant High School to perform their routine to judges and other vying teams this past Wednesday, Jan. 10. Sweat, tears and bruises have gone into their routine this season as they hope to continue climbing up in ranks hoping to be deemed the best in the county.

With an overall score of 73.5 out of 100, the cheerleaders took home second place lagging behind Plant by a mere 0.7 points and earning a spot in the Western Conference next week at East Bay High School on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. This conference consists of the top 12 best teams in Hillsborough County who will compete for the number one spot.

The two-and-a-half-minute routine began with the cheer which is also performed on the sidelines at football games. The chants “black” and “white” segue the cheerleaders into their dance routine next. Their dance begins with stunts like a switch up, inversion, high to low, low to high, rewind and so much more ending the performance off with a pyramid.

Captain and Main Base Amelia Kempton (’24) recognizes that they’ll be put up against even better and harder competition and is excited to take it on.

“I’m looking forward to competing. It’s a lot of good teams and we don’t really get to choose who we compete against for the normal district competitions, but this one everyone had to earn a spot to get there,” Kempton said. “It’ll all be really good competition and be fun to see where we place and compete with those good teams.”

Side Base Kameron Padgett (’24) expresses how well the team did but recognizes that improvements can be made in order to secure a win at the Western Conference.

“I think the team did really well. I think we improved on our cheer [compared to the last competition],” Padgett said. “We can improve on hitting our elites [or stunts] because it’s inconsistent right now.”

The cheerleaders are currently practicing preparing for the Western Conference with a positive mindset.

“I’m excited to show that Robinson cheer is a top team in Hillsborough County and hopefully get first place,” Padgett said.

 

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Yesenia Rosario, News & Features Editor
Yesenia Rosario is a junior at Robinson and the News & Features Editor of  Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff and her first year as an editor.  Rosario has a deep fondness for the community that journalism has built for her, leading her to return to the staff for a second year.  "What brings me back is the community and the work, it’s very great. It’s very easy but fun at the same time," Rosario said.  Although busy with her academics, Rosario manages to find time for hobbies; she especially enjoys baking and being with friends. Rosario also appreciates a wide variety of media, particularly the essence of Jordan Peele's movies. Currently, “Coraline” is ranked as one of her favorite movies due to its more dark and irreverent tone.  “It's not that I don't lean over any other genres of movies, it's just that I think that thrillers and creepy movies have you on the edge of your seat more, they could be more interesting," Rosario said. "More can be done with a lesser timeframe, rather than like two-hour movies, and though they're good, they're pretty lengthy, so I think that horror and thriller movies have so much content in a short amount of time." Being a movie and music enthusiast, her favorite section to write is A&E. She often finds herself gravitating towards sections that allow her to editorialize.  “I prefer writing album reviews over any other, because it's something I enjoy writing about and giving my opinion on and it gives me a reason to listen to music for fun, rather than having to write lengthy feature stories or any informative story that aren't as fun to write," Rosario said.  Rosario hopes that her love for writing will continue to play a role in her future, even after high school. “One of the reasons I like journalism is that you’re able to choose and write about what you’d like and I think that’s pretty cool," Rosario said.  Profile by (Jordan De La Cruz)
Ashlyn Miller, Sports Editor
Ashlyn Miller is a junior at Robinson and the Sports Editor of Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff and first year as an editor. Miller's favorite part of journalism is taking photos of all of the sports at Robinson and improving her photography skills. "We don't exactly have press at Robinson so it's rewarding to me to take photos of people doing what they love," Miller said. Outside of the journalism room, Miller stays involved in school with an array of hobbies. She enjoys staying involved in school by participating in swimming, photography and orchestra. She enjoys playing the violin and loves learning new pieces. "If you're able to make the violin sound good, it's a such rewarding accomplishment for such a difficult instrument," Miller said. Miller also likes spending time with her dog in her past time. Out of cats or dogs, she instantaneously chose dogs. "I prefer dogs. I actually own a German Shepherd named Leia and she's the light of my life, but I have nothing against cats," Miller said. Prepared for the future, she plans to attend journalism school, preferably at Duke University and join their ROTC program.  Miller is passionate about media and sports although how competitive positions are. "I want to specialize in the media realm and possibly be a sports commentator for ESPN," Miller said. "I love watching, covering and even playing sports because of the environment that surrounds them and the gratification that comes with doing well." (Profile by Briana Garcia)
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