Cheerleading

Below is a photo story I shot for a Photojournalism class during Winter of 2011.

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The Western Washington University cheer squad executes a toss during a halftime performance on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. “I always get really nervous leading up to a big performance,” said squad co-captain Jodi “Lane” McCormick, 22. McCormick has been a cheerleader for three years and a co-captain for one. The WWU cheer squad is a student run activity that aims to “promote and support athletics in Western’s community,”McCormick said. “Cheer is like a family, we are a really close-knit group.”

Members of the Western Washington University cheer squad watch a video of a new routine they will perform at an upcoming game. The cheer squad meets every week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at seven in the morning. During practice the squad works on cheer routines, tosses, and will regularly videotape performances to correct missed or late moves. “There is a level of personal responsibility and accountability for yourself,” said McCormick speaking about cheer practice. “The girls realize the time commitment [to cheer

Two members of the Western Washington University cheer squad put on make-up before a televised basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. For important games, the cheer squad meets hours before game time to practice routines, dress up, and mentally prepare.

A fully-stocked cheerleading make-up box.

The Western cheerleading squad helps each other get ready before a big game.

Pictures before the game.

Western cheerleader, Jodi “Lane” McCormick, 22, smiles in pre-game huddle before a televised basketball game versus Central Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. “We are really just a bunch of goofballs,” said McCormick.

A WWU cheerleader cheers with “spirit fingers” during a foul shot on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. The cheer squad will be holding tryouts for new members in mid-April. “Last year we had about 50 girls tryout,” said co-captain Jodi “Lane” McCormick. “We have girls tryout from all backgrounds, some with gymnastics and cheer backgrounds, others come straight from high school.” Every year is a clean slate for the cheer squad, “nobody is guaranteed a spot,” said McCormick.

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