Cheer & Stunt Team

"We may make it look easy, but like all sports it takes hard work and dedication"


Mission Statement
SHS Rally is a well-established, well-respected cheerleading program. Through the participation and instruction in the sport of cheerleading, we promote the ideas of good sportsmanship, personal integrity and accountability, team cooperation and community activities.
Cheerleaders learn the value of team and the importance of family. We stand apart by being highly successful without sacrificing sportsmanship, character or integrity. We uplift and empower our athletes by providing quality instructors and exceptional role models.




 

2019-2020 Cheer & Stunt Team
Team

Bottom Row (L-R) Gisselle Marquez, Galilea Correa, Rocio Cisneros, Kaydi Porter, Jordy, Hannah Merritt, Karicia Villafan, Isabella Bonilla
Middle Row (L-R) Aniyah Mendoza, Jocie Torres, Alex Zieske, Giselle Guillen, Natalia Campos, Daisy Cortez, Vivica Booth, Alyzza Castillo, Itzel Ramirez
Top Row (L-R) Coach Ramos, Elizabeth Chapina, Maryjane Ornelas, Daisy Hernandez, Lani Skyles, Gisselle Garcia, Jasmin Mendez, Bianca Salgado


Cheerleadership Committee Members
Cheerleadership
(L-R) Elizabeth Chapina, Kaydi Porter, Jasmin Mendez, Daisy Hernandez


Flyer

Jan. 12, 2019 - Battle in the Desert Competition

Non-Tumbling Coed Division - 1st Place

Jan. 19, 2019 - Eastside Classic
Non-Tumbling Coed Division - 1st Place


NCA Cheerleadership Camp 2019

This year the team attended camp at Central Washington University. This camp is one of a kind with a Leadership staff and instructors from the National Cheerleaders Association. The National Cheerleaders Association administers more than 1,100 camps around the world each summer, and it selects award winners from each of the individual camps. The girls worked hard to master stunts, cheers, chants, pyramids, and dances. More importantly they practiced leadership lessons and participated in a community service project. While doing so they became NFHS team Credentialed. Meaning they fulfilled the team requirements in all categories including crowd leader, ambassador, spirit raiser, athlete, entertainer, leadership and safety.

The SHS cheerleaders received numerous honors at the camp that are listed below.

Bids for NCA National Events. This bid is awarded to teams that have exemplified positive qualities as a team. Teams that received this award have been evaluated by their instructors on a list of requirements while at camp. These include positive attitude, and good sportsmanship.

Superior ribbons. The team received superior ribbons for their final evaluation. Superior ribbons are awarded to a team that displays strong technique, leads the crowd well and performs with no noticeable mistakes.

Spirit Stick. The Spirit Sticks are presented to the teams showing the most sincere spirit and enthusiasm for the day, while taking into account attitude during classes, promptness, cooperation, relationships with other teams, and leadership.

Monday Night Live - Best crowd involvement. The team prepared a routine to perform on the first day of camp. NCA instructors select the best teams in each category, our Sunnyside team received best crowd involvement.

Top Team Chant Trophy. The team demonstrates how quickly they can learn material and do their best to perfect and perform in front of all campers. The team received the top team chant trophy in the Extra Large Category. 

Team Leadership Certificate. The Team Leadership award was awarded by the leadership staff who led all leadership activities. 

Along with the stellar achievements of the SHS squad, several individuals were recognized for their outstanding cheerleading abilities by receiving a nomination for the All-American team. 

Seniors Jasmin Mendez, Daisy Hernandez and Keisha White, Juniors Hannah Merritt, Kaydi Porter, Aniyah Mendoza, Karicia Villafan, and Freshmen Aly Castillo were All-American nominees.

All-American Team. Hannah Merritt, and Aniyah Mendoza made the All-American Team. This awards outstanding individuals who exemplify the best cheerleading skills during the All-American Team Tryout. 

SHS is proud of these girls and all they have accomplished!


AwardsAll american


Mrs. Alejandra Ramos

Phone: (509) 836-5810 ext. 6038

Email: alejandra.ramos@sunnysideschools.org

Mrs. Alejandra Ramos

Alejandra Ramos began coaching in 2010 with Sunnyside High School. Last year she coached her first coed team and earned a qualifying score to compete at the State Cheerleading Competition. This was her second trip to state since she started competing in 2013.

Coach Ramos is a member of the Washington State Cheer Coaches Association, has completed her training in WIAA Spirit Rules, WIAA General Rules, and Concussion Protocol. Coach Ramos has a valid Cheer Stunt Certification and is CPR and First Aid Certified.



Captain's Hall of Fame




Samantha Gonzalez

Samantha Gonzalez

2014 - 2018

Samantha is a freshman at the University of Washington. She will pursue a major in nursing.

How did cheer shape or guide you in life after high school?

Being a part of the SHS cheer program for four years has impacted my life immensely. Cheer taught me how to be aware of my surroundings and audience at all times but it also opened up so many opportunities throughout the community. Cheer had a big impact in my life but Alejandra Ramos, the coach, she had a bigger impact as she guided me into the real world and taught me everything I needed to know as an adult. Cheer is the reason why I will be studying at The University of Washington for the next 4 years, cheer helped me keep my grades up, helped me get involved and offered a massive amount of community service opportunities. In a couple weeks I will be moving to Seattle to study my major in nursing and I will be living in a sorority where I will be apart of a sisterhood just like I was at SHS and that is what excites me. Alongside I will carry all the values I was taught at SHS.



Yazaret Villafan

Yazaret Villafan

2013 - 2016

Junior at Washington University pursuing a major in Education, Communitities, and Organization plus Spanish.

How did cheer shape or guide you in life after high school?

I owe a lot of who I am and what I do to the SHS Cheer Squad-the goals I have been able to reach, the opportunities that have opened up for me, and the mentality I carry throughout life. Cheer transformed me into the best version of myself. Our coach pushed us to give it our all when it came to our studies, she opened up opportunities for us to serve our community, and she saw a leader in me before I even saw it in myself.

This program guided me into the path I have now by 1) giving me the necessary skills to succeed in college and in the work place. Those skills being time management, hard work ethics, focus, and teamwork. And 2) this program sparked something that allowed me to see things more positively, be more optimistic, and to always step out of my comfort zone. The public performances, cheering on for my school, new and challenging stunt sequences, representing my team everywhere I went, being a role model to the younger girls on my team and the little kids watching. This all helped me!!!

Another way in which this program helped me was by giving me role models of my own. Such as, past alumni and a coach. These are ladies who I can go to for advice when it comes to college, life, jobs, etc. It's a networking system that I know I can count on to this day.

In college I am a social person, but also a very studious person. I still continue to be involved in programs and in serving my community. I love what I study!

Currently, I am studying abroad in Spain. A place where I get to explore, gain more knowledge, and be a part of a new community. It is through school that I have this opportunity.

And to imagen that if in high school I wasn't a part of the SHS Cheer Squad, an experience that played a big role in shaping my life, I possibly could not have gotten close to being where I am now. Being a member of the cheer squad helped me get into the college of my dreams and by accomplishing that I was pushed into a future of endless possibilities.



Elizabeth Bobadilla

Elizabeth Bobadilla

2011 - 2014

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Washington this past year, June 2018, with a Bachelors in Social Work and Minor in Spanish. She is now a program facilitator in the Children Youth and Families department at Asian Counseling and Referral Service in Seattle, Wa. She is also a Cheerleading assistant coach at Mercer Island High School

How did cheer shape or guide you in life after high school?

One of the biggest things I learned is how to manage my time and prioritize! Cheerleading isn't just about going to games, there's also practice, competitions, volunteer work, team bonding, other school events, and on top of that you have your school work, a family, friends, work, etc. Cheerleading itself is a lot of work, but when you add life outside of cheer, it can be difficult to manage. I learned how to balance everything and prioritize the things that are important. Doing this in high school helped me for when I went to college and had to plan my studying time and social time. I was already in the habit of being organized and planning my days by the hour, which helped me big time!

I also learned teamwork and cooperation. When we stunted in cheer, we had to trust each other and we all had to put in the effort and work hard. In cheer, you rely on each other. If one person is gone, a stunt can't go up. This is important for school projects, clubs, your career, basically anywhere. Teamwork involves good communication, trust and patience, which I have continued to practice in group settings, whether it's with my coworkers when we're co-facilitating, or with group projects in my classes.

You learn team work in sports teams, but in cheer you become a family. You become really close to your teammates. Since graduating high school, I've kept in contact with most of the girls from my cheer squad and they became part of my support system. If I was registering for college course, I would contact the older girls that were on my cheer team and would ask them for advice.

I learned motivation and determination. You can't give up. We learned new stunts or cheer routines that were hard but it meant we had to put in a lot of effort and work hard. Once we learned a difficult stunt, it didn't mean we stopped there, it meant we pushed ourselves to learn an even harder stunt. Each year I improved, whether it was with leading my team, improving my jumps, being nicer, etc. After high school, you carry on the mentality of being determined to constantly move forward and push yourself to be better. I have my bachelors degree but I want to continue to grow, which is why I plan to get my master's next.



Stephanie Romero

Stephanie Romero

2010 - 2013

Stephanie graduated from Easter Washington University with her Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation

How did cheer shape or guide you in life after high school?

Trying out for cheer the best decision I made in high school because it allowed me to make so many great memories with my cheer girls! After graduating high school, I knew that college was going to be a whole different experience for me. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. Cheer really improved my overall confidence in myself. I learned to just go for things. I remember being one of our stunt dummies back in my days, (this was when we were barely starting to stunt). It was scary for me, but the more I pushed myself, the more I improved. I learned that in order to get things we want, we need to put in the time, effort, and dedication.

Cheer, also helped me learn to work as a team with whoever was on my squad. Having the capabilities to work with others is such an essential skill because we do it every day. Not to mention, I became a master at managing my time. Believe it or not cheer takes a lot of your time. It was something you had to learn to balance with a social life, academics, and SLEEP. But at the end of the day I wouldn't trade the experience I had for anything. Cheer has shaped me to be more outspoken, have discipline (If y'all know, Ale is a tough coach, but it pays off), and overall motivated me to be better than I was. I learned that with determination, you can do anything. Everyday, I will and am continuing to grow and better myself.


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