Kaydence Diaz and Makenzie Challacombe made the Region Four All-Region cheerleading tryouts Oct. 25 in Hinton.
Diaz has been a cheerleader for six years, beginning when she was a middle school student. She is now a senior at Frederick High School.
Diaz said that one of the more difficult aspects of growing as a cheerleader is making decisions.
“It’s hard learning when to take matters into your own hands or when to leave them up to the cheer coach,” Diaz said.
Cheerleading Coach Classie Nolan said that she’s proud of how far Diaz and Challacombe have come in their cheerleading careers.
“I’m very proud of the hard work these young ladies have put in this year,” Nolan said. “For the tryout, they had to put motions to given words and they did an exceptional job.”
Diaz loves to compete, but her favorite thing about cheerleading is cheering for the football team.
“Being able to cheer on our boys would have to be my favorite,” Diaz said. “To me, it doesn’t matter if we win or loose because in the end we are the ones still supporting them.”
Diaz said she hasn’t received her scores yet, but she was told that she had the highest score in her 2A Region. She wants to continue to cheer in college and plans on doing that at Northwestern Oklahoma State University to study mass communications. One thing Diaz said she’ll take away from high school cheer is her ability to be a leader.
“I hope that I can take away the responsibilities and leadership personalities that you have to have when you’re in a sport like cheer,” Diaz said.
Diaz and Challacombe attended the All-State Tryouts on Nov. 8 in Jenks. Final results were not available at press time.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.