Being a Role Model

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As the school year approaches, here is just a reminder that you are a ROLE MODEL at all times

Football season here we come! It’s the beginning of a new school year. There is a ton of excitement in the air. Uniforms have been or­dered, sideline routines have been established, drill team halftimes have been cleaned and it’s time to cheer on our athletic teams. Along with those uniforms, pom pons and megaphones not only comes school spirit but a lot of responsibility. Whether you realize it or not, you are now a role model in your building and community. Not only is it your job as a spirit team member to promote spirit and create energy throughout your school and community, it is also your job to represent yourself, your team and your school in a positive light at all times.

Everyone knows who you are. Everyone will know when you do right and when you do wrong. It just goes with the territory of being a drill team member or cheerleader. You were chosen to be a leader in your school and so this is just a little reminder to always make sure you are doing your part. Being a leader isn’t just about a title or position, it’s about truly acting like one. Actions speak louder than words. You can’t expect your classmates to support you and want to “cheer” you on if you aren’t setting the example.

So let’s make sure that you are SETTING an example and not BEING the example. Encourage your peers to rise to your expectations and work ethic. Be a great student, because school comes first. Make excellent grades. No one wants to sit out games because they didn’t take care of their business in the classroom. And don’t let social media be your pitfall. Be responsible and think of the image you are projecting with every post and comment. Remember, that you represent your team and your school at all times, no matter if you are in uniform or not.

It’s a big responsibility being a role model. Every little girl in the stands wants to be you. When you are on the field, under the bleachers warming up for a performance or in the bathroom reapplying your lipstick, they are watching you and admiring you. So model behavior that you hope they will follow.

Drill team and cheerleading are such amazing extra-curricular activities to be a part of. They provide you with discipline, confidence, family, exercise and fun. And I hope you will use this opportunity to make yourself a better person for you and for your school and community as a whole. And while you’re at it, have a GREAT time building life-long friendships and creating amazing memories.

by: Lori Todd

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