By Shaneli Mirpuri
On April 6, the Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) junior varsity (JV) and varsity cheerleading teams competed in stunt competitions for the first time on April 6. GHCHS cheer won first place against Thousand Oaks High School and Moorpark High School. The competition took various cheer elements and emphasized smaller stunt groups with partners rather than those with the entire team.
The teams’ victories are due to the guidance of cheer coach Jessie Moorehead. The 2015-2016 school year was Moorehead’s first year at GHCHS, and she devoted countless hours to coaching the team to grow and learn more advanced routines.
Moorehead trained the cheerleaders in preparation for the competition season from the beginning of the year. All through the football and basketball seasons, the girls learned new routines and kept training to improve, especially for the new stunt competitions.
“I love the stunt competitions since I don’t have to rely on other groups to succeed. It’s just me and my stunt group, which makes me feel like I have to train harder and do better than usual. The pressure is on,” senior varsity cheerleader Darryl Vidal said.
In addition to the stunt competition, the cheer teams competed at the annual United Spirit Association competition in Anaheim March 18-20. In the state competition, JV cheer placed second and varsity placed sixth.
In order to succeed and improve their routines, the girls have been working harder with longer and more rigorous practices. The teams have had more extensive practices compared to last year in order to succeed at both state and stunt competitions.
The hard work and intense practices have paid off as seen through the team’s performance in the competitions.
“The routine is always based on the team and their skill level and I think they did great. The routine pushed their ability level and both varsity and JV went in with the most advanced routines. I’m really proud of them,” Moorehead said.