Galileo won first place in their division and took home a special judges award for ‘best jumps’ at The National Cheer Association NorCal which took place at the Cow Palace on February 18-19, 2017. Schools all over California as well as nearby states participated in this competition. Galileo was one of four schools from San Francisco that competed in the competition.
The cheerleaders only had 2 weeks of practice before the competition, which made the team work really hard. The routine was something they had previously performed but with a few tweaks. “We did the similar routine during song and yell. We had to practice extra days during lunch and after school. Sometimes our schedules were to hectic to even have practice and also this time it was Nationwide comp compared to going against SF high school teams,” said senior Valerie Mar. Sophomore Mindy Lei added, “We were not that confident at first, but after extra days of practices we became more confident.”
Although the team worked really hard during practice, they weren’t sure if all of their hard work would pay off, especially because the team had a number of new members. “We were surprised [that we won] because we had a lot of new people this year and it was a different atmosphere. ” said Valerie. Senior Shaka Robinson added. “We weren’t nervous during our routine, but mostly nervous about the results during the ceremony.”
When it was announced that the Galileo team had won, they couldn’t have been more thrilled.“I was very excited and very proud of them,” said Coach Williams. “I felt speechless and excited because I didn’t think we’d win,” added Shaka.
Aside from winning their division the team also pointed out some highlights during this competition. “We hit every stunt together for the first time!” said senior Valerie.
The judges looked at a number of different factors when scoring each team. Stunts and facial expressions were 2 of the components they looked at. The scores of the competitors were given based on skill. “For example, points for tumbling is 5 points max,” said coach Dachia Williams. Galileo ended up with a final score of 92 out of a possible 100.