By: Ivette Alvarez

Cheerleading is a physical activity and a competitive sport. Cheerleading has to do 

with jumps, cheers, and stunting to direct spectators of events to cheer on sports teams at 

games or to participate in competitions. 

Marilyn Nieto, is a cheerleader at South Gate high school. She joined the cheer team 

last year and began as J.V. She is currently positioned as a flayer. Her favorite stunt to 

perform is called “the twist cradle and the lib and pull a scorpion”. This was a stunt that took 

her many months of practice and patience but she was able to perform it. When asked about 

how it felt to get second place at nationals and go to Vegas, she expressed that it had been 

one of her goals and a “good experience.” She was very proud of her team for having made it 

so far. Marilyn said that she has good relations with her teammates since she is “always 

respectful and nice to them.” However, she does feel that cheer can be very expensive at times.