Cheer team preparing for State return


Mikayla Michael, BHS Journalism

The Baldwin Bulldog cheerleaders will be competing at the 4A state cheer competition again in November and the girls started preparing early for their routine this year. There are 5 new girls on the team this year. 

“I am liking cheer so far because it’s really fun and it gives me something to do with my day and I feel very productive after,” sophomore Kenlee Miller said. “My favorite thing about the team is that we are very connected and I’ve made a lot of new friends because of cheer.” 

Two years ago at this competition, BHS earned 1st place, then last year, they received 3rd. 

“I think this year’s team will compete wonderfully because we all work together really well and we all are very talented,” sophomore Malin Harris said. “Our team is really good at work ethic because even when we are having a hard day and a hard practice we push through it and we all make each other stronger.”

The team has two captains this year, seniors Rylee Epperly and Kate Nichols. Epperly has been cheering for all 4 years of high school and Nichols has been cheering for 3. Both girls are apart of our All-American cheerleaders this year. 

“Being a team captain to me is the coaches trust me to be a responsible enough to be a leader,” Nichols said. “It is a big role but I love being able to be the person people can come to when they need help with anything.”

Junior Jaden Wharton was also one of our All-American cheerleaders. This is her 3rd year cheering. 

“It feels amazing to be an All-American this year, I have worked hard and it paid off, my freshman self never would have imagined making it this far,” Wharton said. “I’m really enjoying my season so far, I got named co-captain and that’s the best feeling ever knowing that others see me as a leader.”