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The student news site of Antioch Community High School.

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New Season, Same Legacy

Antioch Community High School’s competitive cheerleading team is flipping into its season with high expectations.
Laila Salata
Seniors Miranda Gomez and Alex Lehn fly high with Junior Caile Painter.

At ACHS, success in sports is almost a given. This is especially evident in the competitive cheerleading team. The highly coveted ACHS competitive varsity cheerleading team has six sectional championships, three conference titles, six state podium finishes, and a state championship. Due to the team being at such a high level, it takes a select group of people to fulfill these expectations to continue the legacy.

The cheerleaders recently underwent a tedious and nerve-wracking tryout process and only 17 out of 40+ athletes made varsity. 

“The tryout process made me feel relaxed yet nervous,”  junior Elle Luebke said. “When you stand up in front of 40 people trying to do your best skill possible it’s not the easiest thing.”

There are two seasons for cheerleading; sideline and competition season. This requires two separate tryouts in the spring and in the fall. The athletes are held to a higher standard at the competition season tryouts because of the competitive standard ACHS cheer abides by. 

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”A varsity cheerleader doesn’t stop when things get tough, you power through. Illinois cheerleading is very competitive and if you’re not leaving everything on the mat, you’re doing it wrong,”  junior Jennifer Serifov said. 

The team always has obstacles to overcome such as last-minute changes and working together cohesively which is why athletes are carefully selected. Each season they are looking to achieve the goal of a state championship. Look out for the ACHS varsity cheerleaders on December 10, 2023, at Stevenson High School as they compete in their first competition of the 2023-24 season.

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Scarlett Goodluck
Scarlett Goodluck, Tom Tom Staff
Scarlett Goodluck is a senior and has been on staff for four years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and being on the lake. She is looking forward to strengthening her writing skills to help impact the program.
Laila Salata
Laila Salata, Tom Tom Staff
Laila Salata is a senior and this is her second year on staff. Salata plays field hockey and does cheerleading for ACHS. In her free time, Salata enjoys taking pictures, spending too much money on Starbucks, and being with friends and family. Bonus fact, she is also Miss Antioch 2023.  
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