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Sports Spotlight: Cheerleading

This issue, we spotlight two Cheerleaders, seniors Laura Strahm and Carissa Lancaster. The Cheer team completed its fall season, cheering at Football games. The team also competed in the ISPA Virtual State Cheer Championship by submitted a video of their performance. The team did not place in the top five but is glad to have been able to cheer and compete this season. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the team’s sideline cheering has been put on hold.

Laura has been cheering for nine years, including four for Providence. She got started when she was younger when she started taking gymnastics. Coach Christie Evanczyk ’09 said of Laura: “She is an excellent leader and displays excellent school spirit.”

Carissa began cheering in third grade at Holy Family School and cheered throughout her time there, having been inspired to start by her sister, Jessica Lancaster ’18. Carissa also cheered and competed for Southern Indiana Catholic in junior high. Of Carissa, Coach Evanczyk said, “She has a great work ethic and is a great friend to everyone on the team.”

Q&A with Carissa Lancaster, senior, fourth season, House of Faith, Student Ambassador, and National Honor Society
College plans: IU Bloomington to pursue a business degree

Question: What was highlight of your fall season?
Carissa Lancaster: The highlight of the fall season is being able to cheer at the Football games. With COVID, nothing is guaranteed, and we were very lucky to even have a season.

Q: What do you enjoy about cheerleading?
CL: I enjoy stunting and tumbling the most. It is fun and is something most people cannot do.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
CL: My favorite part of being a Pioneer is the family feeling and close community. Everyone knows each other, and the teachers and students care about everyone.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
CL: My favorite school subject is math. It comes very easily to me, and you just solve the problem and don’t have to memorize and know all the facts like in science.

Q: Who has been your mentor in developing your commitment to a great work ethic?
CL: My mentor has been my older sister and my coaches. I’ve always looked up to my sister in cheerleading because she was very dedicated and competitive. My coaches (mentored me) because they always believe in me and push me to do my best.

Q&A with Laura Strahm, senior, fourth season, House of Courage

Question: What was highlight of your fall season?
Laura Strahm: The highlight of my fall season was being able to cheer all the football games.

Q: What do you enjoy about cheerleading?
LS: I enjoy everything about cheer. I love doing game day cheers, tumbling, doing stunts, and participating in our competitive routines.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
LS: My favorite part about being a Pioneer is being able to create such strong bonds with everyone in the building, my teachers, counselors, other grades, and even people in my own grade.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
LS: My favorite subject in school is math because math makes the most sense to me and just comes naturally.

Q: Why is it important to you to help others share their school spirit?
LS: I want to share school spirit with everyone because when you have spirit about something and are passionate about spreading that spirit, you can bring everyone in the school together with that joy.

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