By Jordan Brown
Many schools have fights at sporting events for a simple reason: they don’t like the other school. This problem has been going on for years. It’s really about having pride in their school; students should express their spirit in different ways. If they met the people from other teams and worked with them, this problem would happen less often, because they know the teams personally.
On August 11th and 12th Pacific High School in the San Bernardino School District held a cheer camp at Indian Springs High School. There, the teams (Pacific High, San Bernardino High, Rialto High, Cajon High, Indian Springs High, and Arroyo Valley High) showcased their different talents by performing. On day one after their performances, the teams were brought together and learned two dances. They also did stunting.
In this, the teams worked together on new stunts and helped each other like one big team. During lunch, the cheerleaders could eat with their teams or venture with others. Some cheerleaders even went to tell the other team how excited they were to see the new performances. It was definitely a team building experience. I noticed how they weren’t afraid to talk to other teams.
On day two of the event, certain activities (cheer, dance, or stunt) split the teams because of interest. During the classes the cheerleaders worked with instructors and fellow cheerleaders. In the pom-dance, cheerleaders had to face school rivalry and mixed groups. There had to be at least one person from each team in a group. Those groups had to showcase the dance to the entire class. This was an interesting way to cool down some rivalry now that the cheerleaders knew each other as friends and during games tthat friendship will remain.
At the end of camp, all the classes showcased the new skill they learned to the other cheerleaders. The individual teams performed again, but with the dances they learned throughout the camp. Altogether it was a learning experience for the teams and they reflected about this at the end of camp. Some rivalry has certainly cooled down because they’ve made new bonds with other teams.
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