Acalanes High School - Aklan Yearbook (Lafayette, CA)

 - Class of 1981

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everv day during the summer and a few afternoons every week. No one could hold a job because we had to spend so much time practicing, baking cookies, and organizing ral- lies. " commented Junior yell leader Jennifer Libby. The cheerleaders baked cakes, put on dinners, TP ' d team mem- bers ' houses, and delivered doughnuts to players on game days. " The cheerleaders did a lot of things for our team and helped keep up our morale off the field, " commented varsity football player Tom Souza. Some players thought that having cheerleaders at the games helped their perfor- mances. Junior varsity basket- ball player John Waite commented, " When the cheer- leaders were cheering for us, we got enthusiastic about the game and played our best. " Being a spirit leader took hard work and dedication. Hours of rehearsal went into each performance. Junior ma- jorette Marie Saylor com- mented, " Most people didn ' t realize all the hard work that went into each routine. The five of us have all taken years of lessons to get where we are; it shows that twirling isn ' t as easy as it looks. " Next time you watch a half-time perfor- mance, or see a cheerleader braving the fierce winter cold, clad only in her short skirt and top, think of the work and dedication that go into being a spirit leader. 2 Sign language. IV. yell leaders Terri Davis and Kara Ascarrunz look across the field for the rest of their squad. During a halftime show, the IV. and freshman squads carried letter shields ii front of the band. Starting stretch, junior pom-pon girl Amy Loughran stretches before doing her halftime routine. Because of the splits and jumps performances involved, all of the spirit leaders had to limber up before beginning. Rooters on wheels. Smiling at the crowd, Molly Carr and the rest of the varsity spirit leaders circle the track before the Homecoming game. Molly and Caroline Rustigian were head spirit leaders and had to organize all of the cheerleaders ' activities. Dress rehearsal. ).V. yell leader Annie Miller practices a rally cheer during third period P.E. In keeping with the rally ' s ski tog theme, Annie wore her ski boots to school. Spirit Leaders Bottom row: Dayna Woods, Karmen Porter, Diana Rickard, Marie Saylor, Heidi Borgwardt. Middle row: Caroline Rustigian, Micheline Causing, Shannon Blum, Karen Morrell, Leslie Williamson, Kara Ascarrunz, Terri Davis, Heidi Mercer, Lisa Vreeland, Annie Miller, lacki Lebovitz, Teri Sturla, Mrs. Van Horn, Amy Loughran, Linda Parrett. Top row: Swathi Desai, Jane Schonach, Shelli Buster, Jennifer Libby, Molly Carr, Nancy Boaman, Betsy Ross, Nancy Scala, Kim Whitaker, Karen Ward, Michele Andersen, Cari Cadwell. 79 CHEERLEADING

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The Energizers Perfect positioning. The ). V. yell leaders complete their Standing Tall cheer at the first basketball rally. They made up the cheer and performed it at school and in a November cheerleading competition it Si Gary ' s College. Gathered round. The varsity spirit Shouts and yells echoed leaders begin their routine to Come th h crowded Back. The pom-pon girls created the ° . °- routine, which they performed with the Suddenly, the commotion died yell leaders and majorettes at basketball down and a cheer erupted as games, yell leaders organized the fren- zied crowd into one excited rooting section. Pom-pons, cartwheels, jumps, and splits accompanied the yells of A-C- A-L-A-N-E-S. The buzzer sounded, the first half was over and spectators rested their voices while they watched a few minutes of half- time entertainment by the spirit leaders. Yell leaders ' cheers, pom- pon girls ' dances, and ma- jorettes ' routines kept the crowd psyched up for each game. Supporting champion- ship football teams and con- trolling rowdy basketball crowds were additional duties of a spirit leader. " We went to camp and learned about crowd control, but it didn ' t work un- less students were willing to help out and put in the effort. It helped a lot when people started cheering with the cheerleaders. " explained J.V. yell leader Kara Ascarrunz. A spirit leader ' s afternoons were often spent rehearsing at school or baking cookies for members of the various sports ' teams. Instead of studying Spanish vocabulary, the spirit leaders had to spend their eve- nings performing at the two or three required games each week. Because of the boy girl equality issue, the thirty-one spirit leaders had to cheer at girls ' as well as boys ' games. They were also expected to at- tend water polo games, soccer tournaments, wrestling matches and volleyball games. " Cheerleading took up a lot of time. We had to go to practice Caught by the clock, lunior majorette Heidi Borgwardt glances at the scoreboard to see how much time is left before halftime. The majorettes joined the band in performing a halftime show during the football season. Pre-game pin-up. Varsity yell leader Karen Ward pins on Tom Morgan ' s boutonniere. At the Homecoming rally, the spirit leaders and football players exchanged flowers and good luck wishes. Shoulder to shoulder. Nancy Scala and Molly Carr look into the crowd as they lead a cheer at the Alhambra game. Several alumni members of the |oe Carr Fan Club had returned for the game and entertained the cheerleaders with their inventive veils. 78 CHEERLEADING

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Watchful eye. As the pinball winds it! way down to the flippers, Taylo Biederman waits for the right time to hi it. Many students went to Games People of the prestigious " Over 1 Million Play in Walnut Creek on Friday nights to by storing over 1 million points Q try to win a t-shirt and become members mat Club " i on any hine. 80 INDIVIDUAL SPORTS

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