Cheerleading, track right fit for Hoover
For Allison Hoover, cheering on the Eudora Cardinals was something she took pride in both on the track and on the sidelines.
Hoover, who graduated from Eudora in May, was a cheerleader last fall and was a key member of Eudora’s track and field team this spring and took home a third-place medal in pole vault at the state meet in Wichita. Hoover also attended a cheerleading camp last summer in Columbia, Mo., and was one of two girls who won a leadership award.
Hoover said being a cheerleader for the Cardinals was an enjoyable experience.
“It was more the team atmosphere and just being around all the girls mostly,” Hoover said. “I enjoyed cheerleading because the whole point of it is to pump up your school and pump up your fans and get everyone excited to see whomever you are cheering for. I also liked it because it was a good way to spend time with your friends.”
Hoover said there wasn’t really a competition for the leadership award, but rather the camp administrators gave the awards to the two people who showed a great deal of leadership and potential.
“They just keep their eye open for people who maybe have good potential,” Hoover said. “Or maybe something just sticks out to them that they like a lot, and they take that into consideration.”
Hoover had to do a variety of cheers and also had to attend stunt, cheer, chant and motion classes at camp. Hoover said she didn’t expect to win the award.
“For one, I completely forget about the award,” Hoover said. “We don’t compete for it, so it’s not like I was trying to get it. But it really surprised me.”
With her cheerleading and track days at EHS behind her, Hoover will attend Cowley College this fall and compete in pole vault on the track and field team. Hoover, who set the EHS school record in pole vault by clearing 10-feet, 6-inches, begins practice for Cowley on Aug. 18 and the team’s first meet is in January.
“I’m very much looking forward to it,” Hoover said. “I can’t wait to go to college. I’m so excited to get back into track and to see a whole different atmosphere other than high school track. College track is a different type of competitiveness.”