4 questions with the CHS varisty cheer captains

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks Seniors from left to right Deamotios Burton, Nela Dixon, Aarica Winn and Jill Casilla are captains of the 2014 cheerleader squad.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Seniors from left to right Deamotios Burton, Nela Dixon, Aarica Winn and Jill Casilla are captains of the 2014 cheerleader squad.

The four captains of the Clovis High varsity cheerleader squad were asked a question.

What’s your favorite song/cheer to perform to?
Nela Dixon: If I had to pick one, it would be the cheer “C-L-O-V-I-S”.  It’s short and simple, but it’s the team I cheer for.  It’s the name of the town I’m proud to be part of. Being a Clovis cheerleader is what little girls dream of being when they grow up, and that’s why I love the cheer.

I’m proud to be a Wildcat cheerleader, and I’m proud to live in this little crazy town called Clovis.

What’s something you think people should know about cheer leading?
Jill Casillas: “There is great misconception that cheerleading is mere showmanship. In reality, we spend many hours perfecting our craft. There is a great deal of athleticism involved in all aspects of cheerleading in addition to discipline and hard work.

Cheerleading in the state of New Mexico truly is a competitive sport.  In addition to supporting the other athletic programs of the school, we also compete.

The Clovis High School cheerleaders are an award-winning team, and compete with the best of the best at state.

People need to understand the great deal of time that goes into our sport, and know that there is far more to the team than just wearing the uniform.

What’s something non-physical that you have taken from cheerleading?
Aarica Winn: From cheer, I have learned that the needs of the team trump those of any individual.

What does the role of a cheer captain include?
Deamatios Burton: The role of cheer captain … one very important role is to set a good example for the team. The captain is looked at as a role model. It is also very important to be motivating, do your very best, and give it your all every time.

It is also important to be dependable and cooperative towards your team and coach.  Which includes, being on time, and listening to everyone’s opinion.

The role of captain is not just a title, it’s an honor not to be taken lightly.

— Compiled by staff writer D’Nieka Hartsfield