Wellesley High School senior Jayla Glover says she’s wanted to be on a cheerleading team since her freshman year, but WHS hasn’t had a squad since 2012. So this summer, Glover and other like-minded students are doing something about it and starting up a team, with Glover’s mom as coach. So far, 20 students have said they will take part.
The cheerleading team will be organized as a club, though Glover says it will be considered varsity. Tryouts (no cuts) are Aug. 26 at 10am at the Wellesley High track. All genders are welcome to participate.
Although past cheerleading teams at the school have competed in competitions and performed at sports events, they have never been part of the athletic department, according to WHS athletic director John Brown (they are under the purview of principals, or in Wellesley’s case, a housemaster). Cheerleading has had its ups and downs over the years at WHS: this 2009 Wellesley Townsman story describes how the team re-emerged that year from near oblivion.
Glover says her mom — Odessa White — is certified t coach, “so we will be able to tumble, do stunts and other cool flips and tricks.” The team will cheer for school events and football games, and perhaps basketball games depending upon how many members sign on. The team will also take part in cheerleading competitions if things come together well, Glover says.
In the meantime, Glover’s on the outreach program, attempting to secure funding/sponsors for team uniforms and transportation. She’s aiming to raise $2K and you can contact her here