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Cheer Goes Fullout

Emily Cypher
(Above) Every Wednesday and Tuesday the LHPS cheer team meets at 6:15 A.M. This helps create, structure in students’ schedules.

When Coach Megan Maerkl was asked about how the Lake Highland Cheer Team is taking steps towards their upcoming 2024 season, she responded by saying, “Every practice, we condition, jump, and stunt in order to prepare our bodies for the rigorous competition season.” Behind every pep rally and every sporting event, there are hours of hard work and dedication. Being a part of any team is a commitment, and every team member on the LHPS cheer team takes pride in that. Throughout the season, members learn time management, lead by example, and perform as committed athletes. Rarely getting to see behind the curtain, the cheer team is far more than what the average student might suspect.

Newly appointed Coach Maerkl is taking the team toward their goals. Being a part of the Lake Highland Cheer Team means commitment and dedication. The girls show that every week they wake up for daily morning practices on Mondays and Wednesdays. When asked how these practices help build character throughout the season, Coach Maerkl stated that it helps them in, “Three ways: we find the athletes are more focused and ready for the school day when they start with an early morning workout.” She continued to say that morning practices are more practical for students with busy schedules and scheduling issues. Coach Maerkl ends saying, “Cheer is supportive of the student-athlete as an active member of our Highlander community in many ways outside of our sport.”

Student-athlete support is important, and seeing them support others is special. Lake Highland has put in place the Adopt-A-Player mentoring program where members of the cheer and football team are able to visit students in the Lower School, creating and building relationships with each other. The program highlights what it means to be a Highlander. As part of their schedule before Friday games, the cheerleaders are served a complimentary breakfast before greeting the kids.

Practices at 6:00 a.m., and team building week after week, builds the cheer team that the LHPS community sees. Coach Maerkl seeks to uplift her athletes. When asked how being on the team inspires each cheerleader she responded by saying, “Service, diligence, and gratitude are three important values. We are thankful for the opportunity to interact with and support our Highlander community while highlighting our athleticism.” This is who the LHPS cheer team is at the core.

(Above) Being a part of the Cheer Team includes learning new skills, for new and returning members above the cheer team receive a demo. (Emily Cypher)
(Above) Being a cheerleader at Lake Highland Preparatory School includes each member of the team mentoring one or more classes they visit before football games. This helps build connections with Lower and Upper-School students promoting healthy relationships. Gates Valines stands with Ms. Miller’s fourth-grade class. (Emily Cypher)
(Above) Every Friday, members of the cheer team, such as Gates Valines, grade 10, and others are offered breakfast before school, students have the opportunity to bond as a team and get to know each other. Taking a step further than most, LHPS offers an environment for students to become more than just players who are on the same team. Instead, they are teammates. (Emily Cypher)
(Above) Coach Maerkl was asked about the mentoring program for cheer and said, “We hope to foster a love for Lake Highland and cheer in these young Highlanders.” It shows in the relationships the cheerleaders have made throughout the year, just like Gates Valines, grade 10, and her fourth grade students. (Emily Cypher)
(Left) Coach Megan Maerkl was asked how the Cheer Team promotes energy at football games and said, “We work with SGA to participate in the themes for games, stand directly in front of the student section to pep the crowd, and are always looking for interactive cheers and games to encourage participation.” This shows with members, Serena Mehta, grade 9, and Haile Rawls, grade 12. (Emily Cypher)
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Emily Cypher
Emily Cypher, Copy Editor
Emily Cypher, grade 10, is the Copy Editor of Lake Highland Preparatory School’s, Upper School newspaper, the Twice-Told Tale. She found her passion for Newspaper from the iconic show Gilmore Girls, which aired in the 2000s. After reading more books than anyone could count, her passion for writing grew even bigger, as she is currently exploring creative writing as well. The staff and the opportunities that come with being part of the paper are what she enjoys most about being a member of the Twice-Told Tale staff. Emily continues exploring new passions with writing and beyond. Outside of school, she plays volleyball at Game Point Volleyball Club as a libero. Her commitment to the sport helps her time management skills grow along with her ability to be flexible. Emily loves to travel and visits New York as much as she can, and she is excited to push herself to learn new things.

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