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By Chris Chandler

Give me an A!

The Broken Bow High School cheer team has certainly received a lot of them. As cheer coach Marissa Walls explains, her squad excels in the classroom. “If I have to narrow down our biggest strength, it would have to be their outstanding academic performance. Regardless of hectic schedules, early practices, late nights these girls maintain exceptional grade point averages. At least 16-17 girls out of the 22 have 4.0 and higher GPAs, with the remaining girls just right under 4.0.”

Broken Bow cheer is the reigning Class 4A Academic State Champion in competitive cheer. Walls is impressed not only with her team’s intelligence, but also their versatility. “The group of girls that make up my squad, are all so gifted in many areas. They are all involved in several other extra curricular activities, yet they are extremely dedicated to our team, and give each other 100 percent each and every practice. The only time our gym is available for practice is at 6:00 am, but these girls continue to show up ready to go. They are each other’s biggest supporters, they take criticism well, and learn from their mistakes.”

Senior cheer co-captain Alli Routh exudes with the positive attitude described by her coach. “What I enjoy most about cheering for my school is the way that we are able to make a positive difference for the crowd and to our athletes. There is no better feeling in the world than when we are able to hype the crowd and students, and change the whole attitude and atmosphere of the game or event. We love our Savages and we want to see them succeed. We cheer because we want to be involved and ultimately we want to encourage school spirit.”

Senior Madi Holmes, also a co-captain, speaks of the support her school receives. “What I love most about cheering for Broken Bow is how involved our community is and how easy it is to get spirit spread in our school. That is one of the biggest things we strive for as a cheer team; to build our school spirit. I also love the opportunity to be a role model to all of the younger girls who look up to us.”

Coach Marissa Walls attributes some of the high level of support for the school to the scenic region where Broken Bow is located and to the parents’ involvement in school life. “We are fortunate enough to live right next to a favorite tourist destination, Beavers Bend State Park. Our squad spent some wonderful quality time at a beautiful cabin in Hochatown this summer. The cheer moms put together a great night full of yummy food, team bonding activities, and great prizes. BBHS cheer will be competing for the first time ever in OSSAA Game Day competition November 7th. We have been working hard, and look forward to a new challenge for our squad.”

Alli Routh sums up what Savage Spirit means to her team. “We take pride in everything we do for our school and our community. There is no better place to be than Broken Bow High School!”

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