By Raine Beale Boles, Staff writer
To become a Galileo Cheerleader or “Lioness” it takes more than putting on a cute cheer outfit and knowing some dances. According to members on the squad, being a cheerleader means consistently attending after-school practices, sacrificing time to cheer at games on the weekends, and constantly expressing school spirit at all times.
This year’s group of cheerleaders are committed to making Galileo a more spirited place. 2nd year coach & P.E. teacher Ms. Williams says, “The team has improved tremendously they're hard working and dedicated. We will continue to work hard and keep doing what we're doing because it’s not about winning but about trying our best.”
One of the best ways the squad was able to improve was taking part of cheer camp over the summer at Galileo, in which 25 members of the team attended the week long camp. “We had private instructors come from cheer movies to show us different cheers,” said senior captain Valerie Mar.
Following a strong summer camp, the goals for the squad this season are to improve individual skills as well as build a stronger team. “Another one of our goals involves us doing well in competition,” says 11th grader Carrie Li
The AAA Spirit Squad Annual Competition will be held on December 10 at Lincoln High School. The competition has been the focus for girls on the team since they started preparing for it during the summer, and continue to work on it during early morning practices. Senior Janelle Quiton says, “We want to place 1st in all three divisions we're doing [in the competition]. Also we have to have awesome stunts for competition as well. We also want to do more tumbling and hopefully get an extended stunt by then.”