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By Jacqueline Saucedo

It’s an old question that has a pretty easy answer. Cheer is definitely a sport, it is more than just cheering at school football games and performing at pep rallies. Aside from performing on the sidelines most cheerleading squads participate in competitions to show their athleticism. Beginning the 2017-2018 school year, cheer will be considered a sport because it will be under C.I.F. The California Interscholastic Federation is the governing body for high school sports in the state of California.

SGHS senior, Melissa Damian, believes that cheer is a sport. She agrees that cheer does not receive a lot of credit for all the hard work they do behind the scenes. Cheerleaders have daily practice for about 3 hours per day year round. Cheerleaders work hard to learn motions, choreography, and lifts. It is far more athletic than people think.

Cheerleading is the most dangerous sport for females due to the high risks for concussions. Although our school has not experienced such severe injuries we have had girls injure their ankle or sprain an arm. Junior cheerleader, Samantha Quezada shares that “cheer is not just about wearing skirts and looking pretty, its about going out on the blue mat and showing what a year of work is worth.”