Northwest’s cheer team prepares for upcoming competition on Nov. 23


Northwest’s cheer team poses for a photo at last year’s state competition. The team is hoping for a repeat win of the competition this year, which takes place Nov. 23.

Northwest’s cheer competition team won states for the very first time last year in December of 2018. Alumni and current JV coach Caitlyn Crews remembers how it felt when she won.

“We had had very little practice before the competition, so knowing that we actually went out there and hit everything and won was just crazy and overwhelming,” Crews said.

This year, the competition team has been working hard since summer to perfect their routine for their first competition coming up Nov. 23. The cheer team practices every Monday at Cheer Extreme located in Kernersville.

“At practices, we usually do the routine and focus on each section and what needs to be fixed. We work very hard at our practices and sacrifice a lot for the team,” sophomore Emma Craig said.

The piece that the team will perform has been choreographed by the owner of Cheer Extreme, Courtney Pope, and other coaches. The team has been working closely with Cheer Extreme striving to improve their skills from last year.

“I feel like we are doing really good this year, and we are more advanced than last year,” sophomore Olivia Carr said.

Last year, the team did not have as much time to prepare their routine as this year, which gives them another advantage to win again this year.

“So far, we have definitely improved from last year and have practiced more since the summer, which is the opposite of last year,” Craig said. “Last year, we started practices a month before competition.”

Overall, the team has been working really hard since the summer and the team feels good about the routine they have and are excited for this competition season.