Members of the St. Louis College Prep Cheer Club are getting some guidance from older peers this year thanks to a growing partnership with the Rosati-Kain High School Cheer Team.
Rosati-Kain High School Cheer Team Coach Jackie Bova said the partnership formed when she was talking with her friend, Abby Landes, who leads St. Louis College Prep’s Cheer Club.
“We realized we could partner our two groups together and allow the younger kids to have a chance to see what the high school kids are doing and then allow the high school students a chance to see the energy and enthusiasm that the younger students have,” she said. “We are really exited about it.”
The two groups met for the first time on Tuesday, with nine cheerleaders from Rosati-Kain High School visiting the St. Louis College Prep campus to meet club members, see each other’s routines, and help teach the younger cheerleaders some new moves.
“Our high school girls have this enthusiasm they wanted to share with younger students,” said Bova. “It is an opportunity for them to be mentors. It is wonderful to see them thrive and also be helping the younger students at the same time.”
“It is really good for them to see these role models,” said Landes. “I am so excited for them to see other people who love the same stuff and are passionate about getting to share it.”
The club started out with a meet and greet between the two clubs followed by a group warm-up.
Then the two squads had a chance to show each other some of the cheers they had been working on.
“I am very excited that we get a chance to show them what we put together,” said St. Louis College Prep scholar Micahya Edwards, an eighth grader who just joined the club this year. “I like that we get to create our own moves and be creative with it. Everybody communicates with each other very well and we all just get to have fun. I really like to dance.”
The first meeting ended with the two groups working on some initial lifts, with the Rosati-Kain cheerleaders first demonstrating and then switching out letting St. Louis College Prep scholar try different positions in the stunt.
Both Landes and Bova said they hope to continue the partnership throughout the year.
“Our cheer team works towards competitions in the fall and hen they will be doing the cheering for our basketball team,” said Bova. “We are hoping to be able to have Mrs. Landes students come to one of the basketball games and do a little half-time cheering with our girls. We will try to get them together a couple of more times before basketball season.”