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Sports Spotlight: Football and Cheer

As the Football team heads into sectional play and Cheer prepares for its competition season, we look at three student-athletes:

Senior Vincent Benningfield, four-year Pioneer Football player, defensive and offensive line, member of the House of Truth, plans to attend Purdue University to study aviation and flight technologies in pursuit of becoming a pilot.

Question: How did you get interested in football?
Answer: I have played football for 12 years. I have always been interested in the sport for as long as I remember.

Q: What do you like about being part of the PHS Football team?
A: My favorite part of being a member of the Football team is the brotherhood I have become a part of and the friendships I have been able to form through the game itself.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the postseason?
A: What I’m most looking forward in the post season is the possibility of making a strong push for another sectional championship or possible more with the team.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
A: My favorite part about being a Pioneer is the fact that I have been able to form friendships through sports, school events, and other school activities that I hope last for years to come.

Senior Connor Hazen, four-year Pioneer Football player, House of Spirit

Question: What do you like about being part of the PHS Football team?
Answer: The brotherhood I’m around everyday

Q: What are you looking forward to in the postseason?
A: Just playing with my brothers for the remaining games.

Q: What has your favorite service activity (at PHS) been and why?
A: Working with underprivileged children at a daycare

Q: What are your college plans at this point?
A: I plan on going to Purdue to study agriculture

 

Sophomore Ella Tichy, second year on PHS Cheer, House of Humility, cheers year-round

Question: How did you get interested in cheerleading?
Answer: I’ve always loved gymnastics and tumbling, so cheerleading was a natural step to use the skills I had learned. Cheerleading is my passion

Q: What do you like about being part of the PHS Cheer team?
A: I love doing what I love with the people I love. I have found a sense of family in my teammates and coaches. I enjoy the way cheer pushes me to be the best I can be. When cheering on the football and basketball teams, I love leading the students and seeing Blue Pride in action.

Q: What are you looking forward to in competitions?
A: I am most looking forward to coming together as a team and seeing all of our hard work pay off, especially at state and nationals. This is my first year traveling to Dallas, and I can’t wait to show teams from all over the country what Blue Pride is all about. We’re hoping to bring home 1st place in both state and nationals!

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
A: My favorite subject is biology and art. I can’t narrow it down to one! Not only do I love the material and what we do in the classes, both Mrs. Burden and Mrs. Welch have influenced my life both in and outside the classroom.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
A: My favorite part about being a Pioneer is having teachers who care, being able to grow in my faith, and seeing Blue Pride in action every day!

Q: What is your favorite part of being in the House of Humility?
A: My favorite thing about my House is how creative everyone is and how they contribute their talents.

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