By ARYIANAH KING
You saw them during football games last fall — standing on the sidelines hyping up the home crowd. Lately, they’ve been on the bleachers in the gymnasium a few times a week — their voices booming over charged up fans that have turned out to watch Goldsboro High School’s highly ranked basketball team.
But this March, the GHS Cheerleading Team needs our support. For the first time in school history, the ladies made it to Nationals.
Principal Marcia Manning said it’s been “a long time coming for the cheerleaders” and added she was “very happy to see these young ladies progress this far.” But nobody is more proud than their coach, Bethany Stewart.
“These ladies have come a long way, from arguments to injuries, and I am really proud,” she said.
The young ladies on the squad are, too.
Senior Erika Zapata said she was “really excited about Nationals” and feels like “it would be an amazing experience for me.”
“We’ve finally made it,” she said, wearing her signature smile.
And Selena Morales said she is trying to remain focused on doing the best job she can.
“I’m not really nervous,” she said. “I don’t get nervous until I get into the feels of being there. Then, I quickly realize that it’s actually happening and that it’s my reality.”
Makayla Rackley noted just how long a road it’s been for her and her teammates to get to the biggest competition of their lives.
“I’ve been cheering since seventh grade and I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity to compete with everyone,” she said. “It’s a big deal.”
But in order to make it to Nationals — the event will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 16-17 — the team needs US to be on THEIR sideline for a change.
The ladies have held several fundraisers since they qualified for Nationals, but they are still several thousand dollars short, so a GoFundMe campaign is happening to help offset the cost of hotel and registration fees and travel expenses. To help the team realize its dream — and to see another positive Goldsboro High School story written into the history books, click on this sentence.
And if you want to see just who you would be supporting, come check them out Thursday night during the GHS basketball program’s Senior Night. They’ll be there for the crowd. They always are. Seems like now would be a pretty good time for us to repay the favor.