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Reporting with Hills Pride

The Trailblazer

    College Tryouts

    After watching many of my fellow classmates be recruited by top schools, it’s hard not to imagine that every college athlete has gone through the same experience. However, a small (yet equally talented) number of athletes have walked on varsity teams by trying out.

    Senior Dani Freeman has cheered for the varsity cheerleading squad since her freshman year, and I sat down with my fellow classmate and close friend to discuss her possible athletic career at William Paterson University.


    Trailblazer: First off, congratulations on your acceptance to William Paterson. What made you choose to go to WP?

    Dani Freeman: Thanks! The school wasn’t that far and had a lot to offer. I liked the art department and the cheerleading team was very involved.


    TB: When did you start cheering?

    DF: I started when I was eight.


    TB: What made you decide to start cheering at that age?

    DF: I wanted to wear the uniform! I thought the skirts were pretty.


    TB: Is cheerleading just like the movie Bring It On?

    DF: Sometimes. The team definitely is like a family, and with that there’s always a lot of drama – just not as crazy as the movies.


    TB: Are you fun and loud? Are you going to make us proud? [Note: This is a reference from the film Bring It On] DF: You’re honestly a lunatic.


    TB: I digress. What were the tryouts like?

    DF: Girls ranging from freshmen to seniors tried out. Over two days we did stunts like preps, fulls, libs, and baskets, and then learned a cheer and routine. [WP] then sent out an email to let the girls know who made the squad.


    TB: And…?

    DF: I made the squad, but I’m still unsure of whether or not I will cheer.


    Dani is proof that not every athlete needs to be recruited; hard work will take a student far, both in athletics and his or her total college career. From the Trailblazer, good luck on your choice!

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