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Senior Ayda Matya (left of center) looks forward to continuing on with cheer after high school. With the new tier, many new opportunities are available to the team. “I feel like we need to have a lot more trust in the team,” Matya said. “Because we’re not just having someone at shoulder length anymore. It’s a lot more risky if someone falls, so we need to trust each other and strengthen bonds.”

Flips, tricks and team spirit

Ariana Griffin, Staff Reporter
November 17, 2023
Millard West varsity competition cheer won their 12th national championship in Orlando, Florida, to receive white jackets.

A cheerful win

Maleah Arellano, Staff Reporter
February 23, 2023
ACP students cheering at a varsity football game

New Unified Cheer program

Maleah Arellano, Staff Reporter
January 13, 2023
The Millard West cheer team is cheering with the unified team at the pep rally

A club for inclusion

Winni Neil, Staff Reporter
October 10, 2022
Gathering together

Gathering together

Leah Pickhinke, Staff Reporter
September 7, 2022
Senior Delaney Cutler cheers on the Wildcats from the sideline. However next year, she will be cheering on the Huskers. Cutler made the University of Nebraska Lincoln pep squad - a difficult feat. “I was constantly refreshing instagram trying to see the post as soon as it came out,” Cutler said. “When it finally did I screamed so loud and ran downstairs to tell my parents. When I was hugging my mom I had to look at my phone again to make sure it was still my name on the list. It’s insane, I cannot believe my name is on that list.”

Switching sidelines: Class A to Division One

Jenna Reynolds, Features Editor and Co-anchor
May 10, 2021
The varsity Competition cheer team poses in front of a banner they created to resemble the Disney feel that they typically would get at an in-person competition.

Stuntin’ on the competition

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla , Editor-in-Chief Catalyst Online
March 25, 2021
The varsity Dance team placed first in the Hip-Hop division and 3rd in Jazz. The varsity Dance team placed first in the Hip-Hop division and 3rd in Jazz.

Cats take over State

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla , Editor-in-Chief Catalyst Online
February 25, 2021
The varsity team strikes their first pose in their Tumbling, Non-Building routine. For their first competition of the season being completely virtual, the girls look forward to hopefully being able to compete in person. “I think it makes it a little harder to get a feel for what a comp day is really like, especially for the freshman,” senior Delaney Cutler said. “Luckily on the showcase night, we had a good amount of people in the crowd yelling with us which really helped us out.”

Shout for your team

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla , Editor-in-Chief Catalyst Online
November 19, 2020
During the cheer clinic, the girls set aside time to work on motions as well as jumps. The cheerleaders stood at the front of the gym with a mic to demo materials they were being taught. “It was important for us to still be able to offer this opportunity to kids,” cheer coach Stefani Lane said. “We have a group of kids that love and look forward to coming every year. We are really happy that we still got to do it, even if it was on a smaller scale.”

A spook-tacular time

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla , Editor-in-Chief Catalyst Online
November 4, 2020
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